Colorado's Landscape and Wildlife
Colorado's habitats range from alpine tundra at 10,000 feet, to aspen-fir-pine forests at 8,000 feet, to shortgrass prairie at 4,000 feet.
Drawn by abundant herds of elk and deer, and trout fishing in mountain streams, Colorado's residents and visitors discover native cutthroat trout, sage grouse viewing on breeding leks, crane festivals, and ribbons of riparian-wetland areas with a startling diversity of wildlife viewing opportunities.
Challenges to Conserving Wildlife in Colorado
Given an expected increase in the state's population of more than 50% over the coming 25 years, the primary challenges to Colorado's wildlife conservation programs are the conversion and fragmentation of habitat, human use and depletion of natural resources, pollution, introduction of invasive and exotic species, and alteration of ecological processes.
Working Together for Colorado's Wildlife
The Colorado wildlife action plan identifies conservation priorities that can be useful by everyone in Colorado. Federal, state, local, and private resource management agencies and organizations may also use the wildlife action plan to inform and guide their conservation programs to fill gaps identified as priorities for both species and wildlife.
- Summary of Colorado Wildlife Action Plan (.pdf, 161 KB)
- Colorado Division of Wildlife's Wildlife Action Plan Web Site