Partners remove dangerous fence on public lands |

Partners remove dangerous fence on public lands

GRANBY – On July 31, 18 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) volunteers joined forces with 26 U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Division of Wildlife and BLM employees to remove two miles of fence from the Beaver Creek drainage, a tributary of the Colorado River, approximately 15 miles upstream of Kremmling and 10 miles downstream of Granby.

The three- and four-strand barbed wire fence ran through ravines, dense shrublands and downed trees on very steep slopes. The fence crossed streams, ridgelines and saddles, had hair caught in the barbs and was paralleled by game trails; evidence of wildlife conflicts. All fence material removed was taken to a local recycle facility

Many miles of obsolete and dilapidated fence cross National Forest lands and pose a significant risk to wildlife and people. Old barbed wire strands can cause injury and affect animal movement patterns, influence dispersal abilities and limit access to key landscape features like winter ranges. Although many fences on public lands are well maintained and serve a purpose, changing land uses and owners sometimes leaves old, abandoned fences as hazardous remnants on the landscape.

“It is nice to work with people who are both professional and have a passion for the environment,” said Doc Holliday, RMEF project coordinator said. “We often talk about government and where our taxes go; as you could imagine sometimes it is not in a positive light. If anyone were to spend a weekend with you and your team they would have to change their mind. As a group you have some of the hardest working and dedicated people I know … As we continue forward building on our relationship I hold my head high with pride to work with people of this caliber.”

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