Northern San Juan • Entered by Sallie Thoreson on August 8, 2021

Wolf reintroduction work

July 6, 2021 – July 31, 2021

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours 14
Post Admin hours 5
Activity Hours 5
Participants 3
Total Hours 34

Key Issue: Wildlife Protection
Activity Type: Advocacy (rallies, lobbying, meeting decision makers, letters/calls/emails)
Key Partners: Colorado Wolf Coalition, ranchers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Measurable Outcomes

Outcome 1: attended Colorado Parks and Wildlife open house (2 comments)
Outcome 2: Represented Broads in a CPW focus grous (1 comments)

Short Description of Activity

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is planning for implementation of wolf reintroduction in Colorado, as result of legislation. CPW holding open houses to educate and gather comments. N. San Juans Broadband specifically invited to participate in a focus group on the issue. 3 Broadband members strategized, 2 members participated in the Montrose CO open house, 1 member participated in the focus group, 1 member discussed pre and post with other CO Broadbands and 3 members debriefed and planned on ways to promote advocacy to other Broadband members.

Reflection/Evaluation

So great that at least 3 CO Broadbands were approached to participate in different focus groups! Shows that Broads is known as a key player in conservation for the state. The Broadband member attending the focus group reported she was the only conservation person at her event-so provided key voice. She was well prepared and made a point of acknowledging the important role of ranchers and wanting to support them in their efforts to coexist with wolves, including that compensation for any livestock loss is key. At the same time she stressed the positive ecological role wolves can play. She was thanked by other FG members and CPW for her participation. Both Broads members at the open house also stressed that science-based responses are key and urged CPW to consider them fully AND to include more education to public and special interests on positive aspects of wolf reintroduction, which seems to be lacking in their current open house and website information. Broads are promoting the importance of wildlife biodiversity and creating working relationships with all stakeholders.

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