The Northern Larimer County Habitat Partnership Program (NLCHPP)
was created in the summer of 2002. The idea for starting a committee
to address wildlife concerns in northern Larimer County began at
a Division of Wildlife Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) meeting in Denver
on February 14, 2002. At that meeting, two landowners from the Livermore
area spoke to the group about concerns over the potential impacts
of Chronic Wasting Disease and CWD management on wildlife populations,
livestock and lands in the north half of Larimer County. The CWD
group recommended exploring the feasibility of a habitat partnership
program in the Livermore area to address concerns over CWD and other
wildlife related issues.
During the next few months several meetings were hosted to discuss
the concept and need for an HPP in the Livermore area. HPPs were
also brought up at other meetings attended by Division of Wildlife
staff. Division of Wildlife HPP staff hosted a cookout and informational
meeting about Habitat Partnerships and CWD at the Livermore Community
Center. From that meeting a task force of interested landowners was
formed. After meeting, the task force recommended that an HPP committee
be formed for northern Larimer County, including Game Management
Units 9, 191, 7 and 8.
Initial discussions covered strategies on private and public lands
that may assist in managing wildlife populations in a manner to minimize
the impacts of Chronic Wasting Disease on wildlife and the local
community. However, it quickly became apparent that there were many
other issues of interest involving wildlife management and land use
in this region. The NLCHPP committee identified ten issues and concerns:
1. Water resource Optimization.
In stream flows
2. Threatened/Endangered species management.
Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse habitat management
3. Improvement in Vegetative Condition.
4. Chronic Wasting Disease management.
Potential impact of wildlife herd reductions on livestock depredation
Big game distribution for CWD control
Forage/water management impacts on big game distribution
Hunting access and access to private property for CWD Management
5. Hunting Access.
Lack of access to areas where harvest is needed
6. Fire Management.
7. Fencing Issues.
8. Moose, Bighorn Sheep, bear and lion issues.
9. Land Use Development-impacts on wildlife and agriculture.
10. Small parcel management.
Small acreage management; weeds, hobbystock, livestock etc.
Cooperation between agricultural interests, large and small landowners
After discussion, the committee condensed the list and decided to
focus on the first four issues.
Twelve members comprise the NLCHPP committee: three persons representing
large land holdings, three representing small parcels, one representing
sportsmen, one representing Larimer County Parks and Open Lands,
one representing The Nature Conservancy, one representing the U.S.
Forest Service, one representing the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation
Service, and one representing the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Many others have participated in forming the HPP and preparing the
The NLCHPP would like to thank the many persons involved with the
formation of this program. Their efforts in meeting, brainstorming,
planning, reviewing draft documents and valuable input have been
most appreciated. Their assistance will help insure that the NLCHPP
will be successful in accomplishing our shared goals. Most especially,
we would like to acknowledge the support and assistance of John Worthington,
a rancher in northern Larimer County, a founding member of this committee
and our friend. We will miss him.