CRAWFORD AREA GUNNISON SAGE GROUSE WORKING GROUP
To address concerns about the declining trend of the Crawford population of Gunnison sage grouse, the long term security of this population and the species, maintaining other resource values and uses in this area, and the state of health of the natural system.
The group began in March of 1995 with interested members of the public, BLM grazing permittees and local ranchers, Black Canyon Audubon Society members’ and agency personnel (CDOW, BLM, NRCS, NPS and FWS). Members worked through issues and developed a conservation plan that was completed in July 1998. While working on the plan projects were begun to immediately help the grouse including designating an eastern portion of the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (NCA) as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). That area included all of the known Crawford area Gunnison Sage Grouse habitat within the NCA.
In 2010, the working group re-organized and began working on an update of the conservation plan. The new plan was finalized in March 2011.
WHAT WE DO
• Monitor Sage Grouse habitat use
• Plan and coordinate habitat improvement projects
• Hold Working Group meetings to plan and implement strategies
• Develop and update conservation plan on a collaborative basis in ways that have broad community support
• Educate public about the Crawford population of Gunnison Sage Grouse