Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2001

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Agronomy

Major

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

First Advisor

Ricardo J. Salvador

Abstract

The Habitat Partnership Program (HPP) is a collaborative initiative of the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Colorado Cattleman's Association. The program consists of 15 committees, distributed over western Colorado, representing the interests of public resource managers, livestock growers and hunters. Through partnerships and projects, each committee strives to reduce fence damage and forage loss from big game activity. Information gathered from interviews, documents, projects and observation was used to assess the effectiveness of HPP in meeting its stated goals: resolve conflicts, improve ecosystem health, raise local knowledge about resource management and improve communication and understanding. Over seven years (1991--1998), committees completed habitat improvement projects on 77,856 hectares of public and private land, established 124 water developments and assisted with noxious weed control on 5,904 hectares. In addition, 193 kilometers of new 'wildlife friendly' fence and 60 big game crossings were built. For educational purposes, committees sponsored 31 workshops in holistic resource management and developed 37 brochures on natural resource issues. Ninety-four percent of committee members thought the program improved communication between landowners, sportspersons and government agencies. As measured by independent indicators and the degree of satisfaction of program participants, HPP can be considered an improvement over previous directive programs. However, the continuous influx of people and the loss of habitat in Colorado---over 110,000 hectares per year---may render moot the issues addressed by collaborative wildlife and natural resource management programs.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-2928

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Gina Marie McAndrews

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI3016730

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

237 pages

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