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Greenback cutthroat trout lands Great Outdoors Colorado grant for habitat rehabilitation 

click to enlarge Greenback cutthroat trout are on display in the Bear Creek Nature Center. - BOB FALCONE
  • Bob Falcone
  • Greenback cutthroat trout are on display in the Bear Creek Nature Center.

El Paso County's greenback cutthroat trout, the only remaining population of the species that is naturally reproducing and genetically pure, will get a boost thanks to a $53,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.

The money will fund design improvements and habitat restoration for more than three-quarters of a mile of stream in the Bear Creek watershed. According to a statement from Great Outdoors Colorado, the project aims to "protect and enhance the greenback cutthroat trouts' habitat, reduce harmful sediment, provide critical bank stabilization, and increase species resiliency to ensure the population's survival." The city will provide matching funds and work to educate the public about the project for long-term success, the statement adds.

Great Outdoors Colorado invests a portion of lottery proceeds and awards grants to local governments and land trusts for parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. El Paso County also recently won a $21,000 Youth Corps grant through the program for trail work and forest restoration at Pineries Open Space.

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