Craig Biz Buzz for Jan. 19, 2015: Parks and Wildlife buys wildlife area from ExxonMobile

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Craig Biz Buzz for Jan. 19, 2015: Parks and Wildlife buys wildlife area from ExxonMobile



Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— Colorado Parks and Wildlife has completed the acquisition of 695 acres, most of which is adjacent to the Rio Blanco State Wildlife Area, located a few miles west of Meeker, according to a news release.

Purchased from ExxonMobile with funding from Great Outdoors Colorado and from the sale of Habitat Stamps, the $1.5 million addition increases the Rio Blanco SWA from 390 acres to nearly 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat.



“It took years of planning and negotiations, but it’s finally done and we are proud of this accomplishment,” Area Wildlife Manager Bill de Vergie, of Meeker, said in a statement. “Anytime we can preserve habitat, wildlife benefits and so do the people of Colorado.”



The parcel includes approximately 1 mile of access to the White River and several hay fields and wetlands. It will feature waterfowl, small game and some limited big game hunting opportunities. In addition, it will provide winter range for deer and elk, which is critical for their survival.


The negotiations for this property included a land swap completed in 2013. That exchange gave ExxonMobil more than 900 acres of Parks and Wildlife land located adjacent to Rio Blanco County Road 5, known as the Square S hayfields. In return, Parks and Wildlife received more than 1,500 acres that became the new Colorow SWA, located north of Colorado Highway 64.



For more information, call Parks and Wildlife's Meeker office at 970-878-6090.



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