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Apply Now: Funding Available for Colorado Wildlife Habitat Conservation

DENVER, COLORADO — Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has announced that the application period for the 2024 Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program (CWHP) is now open. Landowners are encouraged to apply for funding aimed at protecting wildlife habitat and providing wildlife-related recreational public access on their properties. The application window runs until October 10, 2024.

The CWHP, a statewide initiative, offers financial incentives for conservation easements, public access easements, and fee title purchases to promote strategic wildlife conservation and public access goals. For the 2024 cycle, up to $11 million in funding is available, sourced from the sale of Habitat Stamps, hunting and fishing licenses, and partnerships with Great Outdoors Colorado.





Application Guidelines and Funding Priorities

Landowners or their representatives must submit an application addressing one or more of the following funding priorities:

  1. Acquiring public access for hunting, fishing, or wildlife viewing.
  2. Providing winter range and migration corridors for big game.
  3. Protecting habitats for species of concern, particularly those listed in the Statewide Wildlife Action Plan.
  4. Establishing riparian areas and wetlands.
  5. Securing landscape-scale parcels and connectivity to conserved lands.


Funding Preferences

CPW has outlined specific preferences for the 2024 funding cycle, including:

  • Properties with lesser prairie chicken habitats.
  • Lands exhibiting high biodiversity.
  • Parcels offering public right-of-way to access landlocked public lands.
  • Working farms and ranches.
  • Areas supporting wildlife crossings.


Special consideration will be given to high-value, once-in-a-generation projects that promise lasting impacts on Colorado’s wildlife and future generations.





Application Process

Detailed information and application materials can be accessed on CPW’s website at cpw.state.co.us/cwhp. Applications must be submitted by October 10, 2024, at 5 p.m.

Prospective applicants are advised to consult with local CPW staff and CWHP Manager Amanda Nims before submitting their proposals. Amanda Nims can be reached at 303-291-7269 or via email at amanda.nims@state.co.us for additional guidance.

For more details about the CWHP or the application process, please contact:

Joey Livingston
Statewide Public Information Officer
303-345-4658
joseph.livingston@state.co.us





Alex Derr, Founder of The Next Summit

Alex Derr is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.





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