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CO Wildlife Habitat Protection Program
CO Wildlife Habitat Protection Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Colorado Wildlife Habitat Protection Program (CWHPP) is a state-wide program that supports Colorado Parks and Wildlife's (CPW) Mission by offering funding opportunities​​ for private landowners who wish to voluntarily protect important wildlife habitat, and/or, provide sustainable wildlife-related recreational access to the public. ​​

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The CWHPP is an incentive-based, voluntary program that utilizes Conservation Easements, Access Easements, and in some circumstances, fee title purchases to accomplish strategic wildlife conservation goals and/or public access goals. Priority is given to Conservation Easements and Public Access Easements over Fee Title per CPW Policy and Title 33-4-102.7 C.R.S.

Funding for qualified projects is made possible by a conservation partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and from revenue generated from the sale of habitat stamps​ (required of all hunters and anglers). The CWHPP priorities are guided by requirements of the funding sources (Habitat Stamp Program and GOCO) and the State Wildlife Action Plan​. 

PLEASE PREPARE​ EARLY

Those who wish to apply during the 2016 Request for Proposal (RFP) period, can submit proposals from May 1, 2016 through 5pm May 31, 2016

Priorities for 2016 are:

  • Protecting big game winter range and migration corridors

  • Acquiring public access to wildlife-related recreation (including fishing, hunting & wildlife viewing)

  • Protecting habitat for species of concern (including Species of Greatest Conservation Need which are identified in the State Wildlife Action Plan)

  • Preserving wildlife diversity  

Additional information:

  • You are not required to submit property surveys; however, accurate and complete legal descriptions are mandatory. Please make sure you prepare high quality maps that match the legal description for your application. Applications may be disqualified if the legal description is incomplete or inaccurate. 

  • You will need to research the Mineral Rights, Water Rights, and Ingress/Egress (Access) rights associated with the Property. Please be prepared to provide documentation. 

  • Do not assume you have legal access across any federal, tribal, or state-owned lands.  

The selection process is highly competitive and favors Proposals on properties that are actively managed to: 

  • ​Protect important wildlife habitats

  • Utilize conservation easements

  • Connect to other protected lands

  • Have meaningful conservation impact on the landscape

A landowner may request a land trust, local government, or other conservation organization (collectively, “Third Party”) submit a Proposal on his/her behalf. If the Proposal involves a conservation easement to be held by a Third Party, the entity must be qualified to hold conservation easements under federal and state law.

Public access is not required for conservation easement projects. However, conservation easement projects that separately convey to CPW limited or year-round public access for wildlife-related recreation will be eligible for access compensation in addition to compensation for the conservation easement. Landowners may also submit proposals to the CWHPP for projects whose sole purpose is to provide hunting or fishing access through an access easement. 

Proposals will be accepted during the application period from May 1, 2016 through 5pm May 31, 2016 in electronic format only (PDF or Microsoft Word format). The application instructions and supporting documents will be available on this webpage when the Request for Proposals announcement is made on April 29, 2016.

For further information on this Program, please contact Matt Lucia, Land Protection Specialist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, at (303) 291-7269, or e-mail matthew.lu​cia@state.co.us​.​​