Workshop offers conservation tips for landowners


— Identifying ways to take advantage of local wildlife will be one of the subjects of a landowner workshop at a Hayden ranch next week.

Experts from local, state, federal and nonprofit organizations will be featured at the free seminar. In addition to conserving habitats, much of the discussions will focus on the economics involved in protecting and promoting wildlife on private lands throughout Routt County, said C.J. Mucklow, Routt County Extension Service agent said.

Mucklow said landowners can make money by identifying the migratory birds and wildlife that inhabit their properties and opening their land to hunters, anglers and bird watchers.

"One of the ways to keep ranches viable in Routt County is to think about the opportunities that are available," Mucklow said.

The Rocky Mountain Bird Ob----servatory was heavily involved in organizing the workshop, and the sharp-tail and sage grouse birds will be discussed.

"Everybody has to open their eyes to see what resources we have," Mucklow said.

The workshop also will look at the monies and incentive programs available to landowners who want to identify natural resources and conserve lands.

Mucklow said the Frentress ranch -- where the workshop will be held -- is a good example of some of the techniques that can be used to help conserve lands.

Ranch owner Kurt Frentress, whose land is under a conservation easement that will guarantee the land will never be developed, will discuss the history of his ranch and the partnerships available to landowners interested in land conservation models. Frentress also has been active in plant control and grazing systems, Mucklow said, also mentioning his work stabilizing some of the Yampa River banks on the land.

What: Free landowner workshopWhen: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3Where: The Frentress Ranch outside Hayden Snacks and lunch provided. Reserve a space by May 31 by calling Tara with the Routt County Conservation District at 879-3225.

"The real value is having someone who has done it as a landowner and rancher," Mucklow said. "He'll be the best expert we have."


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