CPW honors Habitat Partnership Program awards recipients

Two Coloradans were recognized for their contributions to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Habitat Partnership Program and dedication to continuing to improve the agency’s efforts.

Duane Scholl of Kremmling was given the Joe Gerrans Private Individual Memorial Award for 2013 while Dave Bradford of Paonia received the Joe Gerrans Public Agency Memorial Award, according to an agency news release. Both men have been major contributors to HPP for years.

“These men were instrumental in making this program a success,” HPP coordinator Pat Tucker said in a news release. “Duane leadership was critical in the creation of the program and Dave’s knowledge of range and wildlife issues were invaluable, so it’s good to see their hard work and dedication recognized by their peers.”

The HPP, since being established in 1990, has brought together CPW staff, landowners, sportsmen and others together to implement projects aimed at lessening the impact of wildlife on agricultural operators.

Scholl is a rancher and committee chair of the Middle Park HPP, and worked with former CPW official Joe Gerrans (the awards’ namesake) to establish the program. Since then, he has been at the forefront of innovative measures, including the “Middle Park Gates”, which allow elk to pass ranch property without damaging fences.

Bradford retired as chairman of the North Fork Committee at the end of 2012, but made valuable contributions during his time on the committee leading up to that. He was instrumental in discussions that ultimately led to introducing moose to Grand Mesa.

Bradford also authored the book When the Grass Stood Stirrup-High: Facts, Photographs and Myths of West-Central Colorado, which showcases the differences in the area between now and 100 years ago.

“These two men are great examples of the visionary leadership and dedication our HPP members have contributed to the success of this valuable program,” said Assistant Northwest Regional Manager Dean Riggs. “I believe that without HPP and people like Duane and Dave, we would have a much tougher struggle to achieve the program’s goals that benefit all citizens of Colorado.”