Because wildlife move over, under, and around fence lines, being strategic about where to put dollars on the ground is important. Thanks to good working relationships with local landowners, Barrett and Timberman could layer this aerial invasive annual grass treatment on top of previous work on private land, addressing multiple threats to sagebrush habitat from the ground and from the air. They hope to see ripple effects from this project to adjacent private, state, and federal lands.
“We’re always looking for win-win solutions. This project allowed us to improve habitat for sagebrush-obligate species while sustaining healthy working lands for the landowner,” said Barrett.
Other northwest Colorado partners are hoping to add additional benefits to the work Timberman, Barrett, and others implemented this year. Colorado Parks and Wildlife, local conservation districts, and additional landowners are all working to apply for funds to bring complementary projects to the area. Timberman also has plans to work with the same landowner to conduct post-treatment evaluations and utilize Bayer’s RangeView platform to monitor success.
“Like anything on a larger scale, we’re working on bringing partners together, making people’s dollars go further, and making a positive impact on the landscape and, therefore, the community,” said Timberman of the partners’ efforts.
Come fall, animals are on the move in this corner of Colorado. Migratory birds begin their southward flight, big game come down in elevation to their sagebrush winter range, and ranchers trail their livestock closer to home for the long winter months, bringing another annual cycle to a close. When the snow melts the following spring, partners hope to see an improved ecosystem waiting for those who rely on the sage.