This community-based approach recognizes the importance of local knowledge when it comes to forest management and ensures decisions are made with input from the people who live in and around our forests, and the success of the program on the Uncompahgre Plateau
and along the front range of Colorado are a testament to this approach.
Cheatgrass flourishes in semi-arid environments, such as on the Uncompahgre Plateau in western Colorado, where this study of initial invasion was completed.
Roads, for example, are widely recognized as dispersal pathways for nonnative species (Gelbard and Belnap, 2003) and roads run along or through many burned areas on the Uncompahgre Plateau. Off-road vehicles (ORVs) may also be driven through burns, carrying cheatgrass seed.
Nucla sits in a constellation with neighboring Naturita and Uravan, high on the hardscrabble uplift of the Uncompahgre Plateau
in southwestern Colorado.
The second day of the month dawned bright on Colorado's Uncompahgre Plateau
. Two days of the archery season now were over.
September 2 dawned bright on the Uncompahgre Plateau of western Colorado.
While pursuing mule deer and bears on the Uncompahgre Plateau, I'd crossed paths with numerous trophy elk.
The puma on Uncompahgre Plateau
, Colorado, Technical Publication Number 40.
Only the Uncompahgre Plateau
and the Gunnison areas are still well below herd objectives.
After five years of applying for a deer tag in Colorado's Unit 61, on the Uncompahgre Plateau
, I received the news in 2002 that I had indeed drawn for the area.
"We expected the summer fawn study to show what predators ate the fawns and when, but to our surprise at least half died from non-predator causes," said Bruce Watkins, area wildlife biologist for the Uncompahgre Plateau
The Dove Creek area of the San Juan National Forest and western fringes of the Uncompahgre Plateau
are worth considering.