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Have you ever experienced an inspiring moment in nature? Remember the feeling of amazement it brought? As you read the following examples of the Foundation’s current and past projects, remember funding the projects is possible when we work together.

If you are seeking funds for a wildlife benefiting project, go to our “Apply For A Grant” page and complete our on-line application.

Current Projects

Lynx Restoration Project / Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Schoolyard Habitat Grants / Reptiles and Amphibians

Past Projects

Love Ranch Meadow Acquisition / Study Buddy Early Childhood Project
Argosy Foundation Missionary Ridge Burn Area Projects

Lynx Restoration Project - Species Recovery
Goal: To Establish A Self-Sustaining Population of Lynx in Colorado

Once native to Colorado, the last known lynx was seen in 1973. In 2000, the lynx was listed as "threatened" under the federal Endangered Species Act. Not wanting their designation to be elevated to "endangered," which could mean federal restrictions on the use of our public and private lands, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) has been working to establish a lynx population in the San Juan Mountains. A self-sustaining population is the long-term goal.

We have made a commitment to raise a total of $1 million to help fund this groundbreaking project (Phase I - $600,000 and Phase II - $400,000). To date, we have raised over 3/4 of our Phase I goal of $600,000. The DOW is making species recovery history with this project and is creating a species recovery protocol that can be replicated nationally, benefiting many wildlife species. The lynx are thriving with more than 55 kittens being born over the past two springs. You can help ensure they produce young of their own. Click on the button below to make a donation to the Lynx Restoration Project.

CWHF raised funds: $470,000 (to date) (back to top)

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory - Wildlife Research
The Foundation has recently awarded the RMBO over $9,700 from the Jack Grieb Memorial Fund to conduct bird banding operations in a number of Colorado locations. Jack Grieb, a past director of the Division of Wildlife, dedicated his life to wildlife management and was especially interested in wildlife education. RMBO provides a unique opportunity to teach groups of school children (more than 30 each weekday morning) about bird adaptations, behaviors and habitat needs, while conducting field research on migratory songbirds. (back to top)
CWHF funded: $9,700

Schoolyard Habitat Grants - Wildlife Education
This is both a current and past program. Since 1989, the Foundation has helped secure over $100,000 for Schoolyard Habitat Grants. Colorado teachers who have taken a Division Of Wildlife Project WILD, Project WET or Project Learning Tree workshop are eligible to apply. Grants of $1,000 are made to a number of elementary, middle, high school and colleges every year. The funds are used to improve school grounds into wildlife habitat while utilizing important strategic thinking/planning skills, and applying math and science knowledge. Students have an opportunity to pass along a legacy of positive change in their environment in the process. More than 90 schools and 2,500 students have been impacted by this program. (back to top)
CWHF raised funds: $100,000

Love Ranch Meadow - Habitat Preservation
Love Ranch Meadow provides critical wildlife habitat in Chalk Creek Canyon, near Nathrop in Chaffee County. A lush, 11-acre hay meadow at the foot of the steep, rocky Chalk Cliffs, the meadow is visited by bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk and many other species. Featuring viewing kiosks and interpretive panels, the meadow provides winter range in an area of increasing human population. This “island for the animals” is protected in perpetuity. (back to top)

Our Funding Partners: Foundation for North American Wild Sheep: $11,500; Colorado Division of Wildlife: $7,500; Elk Foundation: $3,000; Great Outdoors Colorado: $20,000; International Order of Rocky Mountain Goats: $5,000; Colorado Bighorn Society: $2,000; Individuals: $8,000
Total Raised: $57,000

In addition to Love Meadow, CWHF owns 80 acres in Elbert county; and holds conservation easements on the 14,000 acre Fox Ranch in Yuma county; 50,000 acres of the Medano-Zapata Ranch in Saquache and Alamosa Counties, 13 acres at Sol Vista in Grand county and 165 acres in Mesa county. An additional 170 acres were preserved in Mesa county in 2007. More to come.

Study Buddy Wildlife Projects - Wildlife Education
The Study Buddy Project teamed middle and/or high school classes with elementary schools classes. Students were paired and worked with each other over the course of a school year. Buddies undertook a variety of environmental, conservation or stewardship projects ranging from building terrariums to tree planting to bird house building. From 2001-2004, over 6,000 students statewide participated in the Study Buddy project! (back to top)

CWHF raised funds through: The Denver Foundation: $5,000; Chevron/Texaco Foundation: $90,000; The Berger Foundation: $20,000
Our Partners: U.S. Forest Service: $4,962; EPA: $6,125; Yampa Valley Foundation: $1,600; Colorado Division of Wildlife: $11,825; Northwest Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children: $1,000; Colorado Project WET Program: $2,000; Colorado State Forest Service: $1,000

Project total: $143,512

Fire and Drought Relief for Wildlife
Project Types: Education; Restoration/Stabilization; and, Research.
The Argosy Foundation granted CWHF $100,000 to help alleviate the devastation caused by the fires and drought of 2002 to wildlife and habitat, specifically in the Missionary Ridge burn area in southwestern Colorado. In turn, CWHF granted the funds to three different types of projects, noted above. By combining the Argosy funds with our other partner’s funds, a total of 14 wildlife benefiting projects -- totaling more than $530,000 -- were completed.  (back to top)

The Missionary Ridge Fire burn area can be seen outlined on the map above. High intensity areas are colored in red.
Wildlife Management Course
Students from the Ft. Lewis summer Wildlife Management course surveyed sites near Vallecito Lake in La Plata county.
CWHF raised funds: $2,276
Match: $3,995
Project Total: $ 6,771

Fire Area Interpretive Signs
Five interpretive panels were created to educate the public on the effects of wildfire on various habitats and species, to highlight the ways that wildlife adapts to a changing environment.
CWHF raised funds: $20,000
Project Total: $20,000

Durango Nature Studies
Durango Natures Studies is an education organization that travels to schools to give educational classes on wildfire ecology and how it affects wildlife habitat. These programs have had much success informing both children and adults about the basics of fire ecology.
CWHF raised funds: $15,000
Project Total: $15,000

9-R School District Field Trips
Field trips were taken to the area of the burn so that elementary aged children could learn about wildfire ecology first hand.
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CWHF raised funds: $2,000
Matched funds: $1,000
Project Total: $3,000

East Animas Ditch
The Animas River was saturated with sediment and debris after the fires burned all the vegetation that held the ground soil in place. Every rain brought another river of mud into the river killing almost all fish and aquatic plants for long stretches of the river. The East Animas Ditch was constructed to keep the mud from reaching the river.
CWHF raised funds: $10,000
Our Partners: Natural Resources Conservation Service: $135,356; East Animas Ditch Company: $45,118; Others: $49,526
Project total: $240,000

Mesa Verde National Park Re-vegetation
East escarpment reseeding project allowed for the stabilization of 65 acres, and a reduced sediment particle count in the nearby Mancos River. Bald eagles, river otters, elk and all native wildlife have benefited from the increased habitat vegetation and stabilization.
CWHF raised funds: $10,600
Our Partners: National Park Service: $3,000
Project total: $13,600

Mud Creek Restoration
Restoration of native grasses and forbs and woody plants along an important elk migration corridor.
CWHF raised funds: $3,000

East side of Vallecito Reservoir at Pine River Re-vegetation
Plant shrub and seedlings of a variety of native plants including Ponderosa and Bristlecone pine trees, after the area was devastated by the Missionary Ridge fire.
CWHF raised funds: $400

Aerial Re-Vegetation
Aerial reseeding a 640 acre parcel, which burned completely, with native grasses.
CWHF raised funds: $5,330

Cool Water Ranch Re-Forestation and Re-Vegetation
To improve habitat critical to spring elk migrations. (back to top)
CWHF raised funds: $831

Effects of Missionary Ridge Fire on Bird Communities
Look at the effects of fire and how wildlife responds to restored areas versus areas that have not been restored. (back to top)
CWHF raised funds $11,000
Match: $6,000
Total Project: $17,000


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