A Grand Valley state representative checks in on a youth group that aims to allow a bird unique to the Western Slope to flourish once again. Representative Bernie Beuscher, (D) Grand Junction, spent the lunch hour in Glade Park with the Western Colorado Conservation Corps, Monday.
They are removing juniper and pinion pine trees in an effort to improve the habitat for the gunnison sage grouse, a bird who's currently being considered for Colorado's Endangered Species List.
The corps, part of Mesa County Partners, take on projects throughout the Western Slope. Members say the corps offers incentives for those looking to get into a land management career and Buescher says getting a first–hand look at a program like this makes him a better public servant.
The Western Colorado Conservation Corps has job opportunities throughout the year. For more information call 241–1027.
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