A 400-acre in-holding along the Gunnison River in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area is now in public hands, Western Rivers Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management announced this week. The acquisition secures the conservation of 400 acres of fish and wildlife habitat along the Gunnison River that was proposed for gravel mining and real estate development.
The newly secured property is located along the Gunnison River near the entrance of the NCA. The property includes habitat for the federally threatened Colorado hookless cactus, bald eagles, northern leopard frogs and a wide variety of other plants and wildlife. The lower Gunnison River is also critical habitat for endangered Colorado River Basin fish such as the Colorado River pikeminnow.blog comments powered by Disqus