Acres Protected: 155
Date Acquired: 2007 & 2008
Public Access: Yes
Partners: Landowners, Dr. Grant & Sheri Stevens
The Colorado Gulch conservation easement protects 3/4 mile of riverfront on the east side of the Big Wood River, providing nesting and feeding grounds for migratory birds. It also limits development on the property’s farmland, and protects the cottonwood forest and other native plants in the floodplain. Cottonwood forest provides winter habitat for bald eagles, elk, moose, and mule deer, while the native plants preserve the area’s floodplain functions. The area is an important link in the future of the fishery, and protecting this area safeguards habitat for wildlife, allowing the river to move within the floodplain to create and maintain fish habitat. The west side of the Big Wood River provides public access for angling, walking, and other recreational and educational activities for all to enjoy.