The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) is taking a new approach to species conservation through locally formed Site Conservation Teams (SCT). The first team—targeting Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse (PMJM)—was established in the North Fork of the Cache la Poudre River Basin in 2019. The SCT includes representation from local landowners, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The Poudre SCT aims to work with the local community to achieve the best solutions for people and PMJM.
PMJM is listed by the USFWS as a threatened species. It is only found along the Front Range of Colorado and Southern Wyoming in riparian areas below 7600 feet. Fortunately, suitable habitat for PMJM can be maintained or improved in the Poudre Basin with compatible land management.
To learn about the PMJM & SCT, how local landowners and community members can participate in PMJM conservation, see this information sheet, this FAQ, and this draft nomination map. To see who serves on SCT, see this roster. For inquiries, please contact SCT members highlighted in the roster.
Financial opportunities are being developed to support potential future habitat projects with private landowners and public land managers.
Stay informed about the Preble’s mouse project in the North Fork of the Poudre River Watershed!
Check back on this page, or sign up for updates, to make sure you don’t miss upcoming events!
Webinar: “A Community Approach to Conserving Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse” (February 23, 2022): Members of the Poudre Site Conservation Team hosted a webinar to introduce a new, first-of-its-kind approach to species conservation and share how you can get involved. The webinar features a Q&A with team members. View the original invitation to this event here.
Summer Community Event for the Preble’s Mouse (September 21, 2021): This blog post gives a glimpse into an event hosted in September to inform local communities on the work to recover the PMJM. The Poudre River SCT joined community members on a historic ranch along the river to share stories about their love for the river and local food production, as well as best management practices to support the river for the benefit of all. You can find the original invitation to this event here: Poudre River Community Event Invitation (September 19, 2021).
New Approach to Working with Communities to Conserve a Threatened Species (June 3, 2021): This blog describes the beginnings of the SCT approach for conservation and the effort to target the PMJM.