The non-profit Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) has launched its #YourCO digital badge program to recognize those who care for Colorado’s natural resources. The various badges allow people to showcase their skills and achievements in outdoor stewardship online.
Work to protect the Gunnison’s prairie dog by Colorado Parks and Wildlife has proven successful during the last four years and biologists are continuing with more research to improve methods to sustain populations.
“In some situations prairie dogs can be seen as pests, but they are critical in the environment and help to promote survival of numerous other species such as burrowing owls, badgers and raptors,” said Dan Tripp, a wildlife disease researcher with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
When Ridgway Dam was constructed on the Uncompahgre River back in the 1970s and 1980s, hydropower was anticipated to be one of its uses, along with providing irrigation water, drinking water and flood control. Mike Berry, general manager of Tri-County Water, which operates the dam, has been looking for opportunities to start generating hydropower since at least 2002.
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