Volunteers Needed. Please RSVP below if you would like to participate in a winter gate install project this October.
The BLM is installing two gates to facilitate better enforcement of winter habitat closures for big game and Gunnison Sage-grouse. The project is located near the boundary of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Gorge National Park, North Rim, and about 6 miles southwest of the town of Crawford.
These gates will protect some of the remaining Gunnison Sage-grouse breeding habitat in the Crawford area as well as protecting important wintering habitat for mule deer and elk. These closures are part of the 2005 Gunnison Gorge Resource Management Plan. These areas typically received very limited use historically. However, as tourism and dispersed camping have been increasing in the area we are detecting a dramatic increase in human use during the late winter and early sage-grouse breeding season. These gates will help to promote closure compliance, educate the public, and provide important resource protections.
Work will be focused on setting metal posts upon which heavy duty metal gates will be affixed later. We may also build and install buck and rail fencing to discourage folks from driving around the gates. Starting around 10 am, we anticipate the work to take 4-6 hours and include post hole digging, shoveling, concrete mixing, and fence construction. All tools will be provided, but some work gloves are recommended.
Please bring plenty of lunch, water, and sun protection.
The basic directions are to turn right on the Black Canyon Road, just about .5 miles south of Crawford Reservoir State Park. Follow that road almost all the way to the park and turn left onto the Poison Spring Rd. We’ll be the guys with the trailers, tractors and other stuff…will be hard to miss.