2019 Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program RFP cycle open; $11 million in grants available

photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife
photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is pleased to announce the 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program (CWHP). The CWHP is a state-wide program that supports CPW’s mission by offering funding opportunities to private landowners who wish to voluntarily protect important wildlife habitats on their property, and/or provide wildlife-related recreational access to the public.
The CWHP is an incentive-based and voluntary program which uses Conservation Easements, Access Easements, and in limited circumstances, Fee Title purchases to accomplish strategic wildlife conservation goals and/or public access goals. Priority is given to proposals for Conservation Easements and Public Access Easements over Fee Title purchases (per CPW Policy and Title 33-4-102.7 C.R.S.).
Funding for the 2019 cycle is approximately $11 million and is made possible through a conservation partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and from revenue generated through the sale of habitat stamps.
To apply, a landowner, or his/her designee, must complete a project proposal form (“Proposal”) that addresses one or more of the following Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission (“Commission”) priorities:
• Public access for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing
• Big game winter range and migration corridors
• Protecting habitat for species of concern (specifically those Species of Greatest
• Conservation Need, as identified in the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Statewide Action Plan)
• Riparian areas and wetlands
• Landscape-scale parcels and parcels that provide connectivity to conserved lands

All application materials, including the Proposal Instructions and the Proposal Form, are available on the CPW website at: https://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/LandWaterCWHP.aspx.

Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Friday, May 31, 2019
Completed Proposals are to be emailed to: Wildlife.RealEstateProposals@state. co.us.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of Proposals.
should be aware that after a project is closed, information about the transaction, including funding amounts, may be used by CPW for internal planning and public information purposes.

For additional information about the CWHP or application process, please contact Amanda Nims, Land Protection Specialist and Program Manager, at (303) 291-7269 or Amanda.nims@state.co.us.