The City and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department were awarded a Habitat Restoration Grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to help improve and restore habitat for the endangered Greenback Cutthroat Trout.
The $52,725 grant will help fund design improvements and restoration of over three-quarters of a mile of in-stream habitat within the lower Bear Creek watershed in the foothills of western El Paso County. Recent scientific analysis revealed the greenback cutthroat trout population in Bear Creek is the sole remaining, naturally reproducing, and genetically pure population of the fish anywhere in the world.
This grant will protect and enhance the greenback cutthroat trouts’ habitat, reduce harmful sediment, provide critical bank stabilization, and increase species resiliency to ensure the population’s survival. The City will provide matching funds and work with partners and land managers to educate the public to ensure the long-term success of the Bear Creek Greenback Cutthroat Trout Restoration Initiative.
The Habitat Restoration Grant is part of GOCO’s habitat restoration grant program, which improves and restores Colorado's rivers, streams, wetlands, and critical habitat on conserved lands and open spaces.