Wetland Ecological Services Team, LLC (WEST) has assisted Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) with a variety of projects that have enhanced and restored wetland, riparian and upland habitat for wildlife throughout Colorado.
Wetland Wildlife Conservation Program
WEST has worked closely with a variety of partners to implement projects that have contributed to the priorities of Programs Strategic Plan by completing projects to improve the quantity and quality of wetland and riparian habitat throughout the San Luis Valley of Colorado. To date, WEST has effectively utilized Wetland Program Partnership funding to leverage over $412,000 in matching funds to enhance and restore nearly 2,000 acres of habitat on National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) and State Wildlife Areas (SWAs).
2014 Block Grant: San Luis Valley Wetland and Riparian Enhancement
In 2014, WEST was awarded their second Wetland Partnership Program Block Grant to conduct wetland enhancement projects on three U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service NWRs (Alamosa, Baca and Monte Vista) and the Bureau of Land Managements McIntire-Simpson Property. Please check back with us for future project updates.
2012 Independent Grant: Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge Units P and U Wetland Enhancement and Restoration
Repair and replacement of water delivery infrastructure to improve the timing and distribution of water resources supporting shallow water and riparian wetlands. Wetland and Riparian Acres Enhanced: 320Wetland and Riparian Acres Restored: 15Completed: 11/2013
2010 Block Grant: San Luis Valley Wetland Enhancement and Restoration
Four projects were completed on the Alamosa and Monte Vista NWRs, as well as Hot Creek SWA to improve water delivery and management capabilities that enhanced and restored over 1,600 acres of shallow water wetlands, uplands and riparian habitat.
Alamosa NWR Unit O Wetland Acres Enhanced: 590Completed: 3/2011
Monte Vista NWR Units 6 and 7 Wetland Acres Enhanced: 953 Completed: 4/2011
Monte Vista NWR Unit 4 Wetland Acres Enhanced: 52Upland Acres Enhanced: 8Completed: 3/2013
Hot Creek SWA Wetland and Riparian Acres Enhanced: 35Wetland and Riparian Acres Restored: 12Completed: 6/2013
Property Assessments and Site Evaluations
WEST has assisted CPW personnel on a variety of projects throughout Colorado. Activities include site visits, project evaluations and technical reports.
James M. Robb SP Site EvaluationBanner Lakes SWA Site AssessmentSambrito Wetland Area Habitat RestorationSan Luis Lakes SWA Site VisitSego Springs SWA Site Visit
Professional Wetland Management Services
From 2007-2012 WEST was contracted by CPW to provide wetland management
services on 7,600 acres of wetland, riparian and upland habitat located on
Russell Lakes, Rio Grande and Higel SWAs. While under
contract, our staff worked closely with CPW to plan and implement a variety of
habitat management goals and objectives to enhance the availability of food and cover resources for wildlife, while promoting quality
recreational opportunities for the public. Over the 5 years, WEST utilized an assortment of management and monitoring activities to adaptively promote productive wetland complexes, while working cooperatively with other state and federal agencies throughout the state and region for the benefit of wetlands, wildlife and to promote education.
Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Surveys
In 2007, WEST was contracted by CPW Conservation Section to conduct southwestern willow flycatcher surveys on Rio Grande and Higel SWA's. Working collaboratively with the CPW staff,
WEST developed a GIS/GPS application database that incorporated standardized survey techniques with habitat characterization parameters to qualitatively evaluate environmental conditions.
Please visit our additional Projects pages to see a sample of the services we provide.