Habitat Improvement Projects Showing Positive Results for Big Game
Posted on: Sep 30, 2013
For the past few years, Ranch Advisory has been assisting the White River Habitat Partnership Program Committee improve wildlife habitat in some of the best elk and mule deer habitat in Colorado's White River Valley. The Committee realized that an imbalance existed between the ratio of forage to cover for big game that strongly favored cover. We have since helped the Committee implement a series of vegetative treatments that favor forage growth across a variety of habitat types used by big game. The results of these efforts have been terrific, and prior news posts have displayed big game using recently-treated areas.
The photos below show some of the treatment areas in various mountain shrub communities. Each of these was mechanically treated using a hydro-axe. Note the mosaic of vegetation with lots of "cover edge" that allows big game to move between forage and cover. Such mosaic treatment patterns are carefully planned to maximize that edge within each treatment site. The result should be vastly improved big game forage. As this project progresses, we will continue to post updates and pictures.