ALAMOSA, Colo., April 5, 2011 -
Colorado waterfowlers and other outdoor recreationists will enjoy newly-restored habitat Ducks Unlimited recently completed in the San Luis Valley. DU has enhanced more than 2,000 acres of breeding waterfowl habitat
on two national wildlife refuges in the SLV. DU completed the work at the Alamosa and Monte Vista refuges, thanks to grants from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, North American Wetlands Conservation Act
, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and DU donors.
Greg Kernohan, DU's manager of conservation programs for Colorado
, says the refuges are in one of the most significant waterfowl habitat complexes in Colorado. "This is going to enhance the already incredible nest densities in the SLV," Kernohan said.
DU renovated a well, installed new water control structures, rehabilitated a ditch and rebuilt a ditch bank.
"The improved water management infrastructure will facilitate our ability to not only better manage waterfowl nesting and migration habitat, but also increase waterfowl hunting opportunities," said Scott Miller, refuge biologist. Both Alamosa and Monte Vista refuges allow public hunting
"This work continues DU's support of the hunting tradition in the San Luis Valley," Kernohan said. "This project benefits other wildlife species as well as nesting waterfowl."
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres, thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.
Becky Jones Mahlum