Most of the Property remains in its natural state, providing wildlife with tremendous habitat critical to their well-being and has opportunity to preserve keystone species and ecological functions of the Western Great Plains, a semi-arid shortgrass steppe, where streamside and groundwater irrigation from the High Plains Aquifer is important.
Weed species at the parks were inventoried in accordance with the North American Invasive Species Management Association standards and mapped with Trimble GEO XT GPS units. The mapping efforts identified roads, trails, developed areas and most habitat areas. All current (and some former) species listed by the Colorado Noxious Weed Act were inventoried.
GIS support was provided by Blue Mountain in the form of alternatives development, terrestrial species modeling, recreation and land use identification, mapping and specialist support, and extensive vegetation modeling and acreage calculations with associated databases. ESRI’s Spatial Analyst Model Builder was employed to create and run iteration models.
Blue Mountain Environmental was contracted by the Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, to monitor riparian conditions and fisheries habitat within various grazing allotments.