Gunnison Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration: Final Thoughts
The Gunnison Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration project is complete for the year. It was a very busy season working with the Gunnison BLM building rock structures. We got a lot of work done during our time on the project.
more than 3000 hours of work was completed during the project.
11 Zuni Bowls, 153 One Rock Dams, 15 Rock Run Downs, 50 Rock Mulches
4 Media lunas, 10 Rundown hybrids, 10 Rock Laybacks, and 1 Worm ditch
Were completed during the course of the project.
While these may look like "Just piles of rocks" they serve a very important purpose. These erosion control structures are helping re-establish Sage Grouse Habitat. Their purpose is to slow down water, prevent further erosion and resediment eroded out gullies and rasie the water table. Over the years as the rock structures fill in with dirt and sediment we will come back and add more layers. Eventually we will have wet meadows again for Sage Grouse and other wildlife to forage in. If you want to know more about the structures read our Gunnison Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration: Introduction Blog post.
We had a great time working with the Gunnison BLM, Bio Logic, The Nature Conservancy, Bill Zeedyck, The USFS, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Gunnison Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Resources, Western State Colorado University, and Upper Gunnison Water Conservation District.
These organizations and people helped train and fund our crews during the Gunnsion Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration project. Thank You. We look forward to working together again in the future.
To close this blog post I would like to show you some of the trainning the crew went through to build these structures. Enjoy this short video.