Will Toor, executive director of the Colorado Energy Office, said the three top contributors to greenhouse gas emissions are electricity generation, transportation and buildings. As electricity gets cleaner, he said the focus will shift to transportation and buildings.
The rodents also create natural water storage — even in dry years — and restore wetlands.
CPW biologist Julie Mao points to two likely culprits: climate change and a boom in recreation. She said there’s real urgency to preserve the habitat that gives elk the best chance for survival.
The Colorado Natural Heritage Program will conduct an analysis of a million acres in the Roaring Fork Valley and identify the highest priority areas to protect for wildlife.