Aquatic and Terrestrial Species on the GMUG!

The GMUG is host to a variety of flora and fauna, including populations of approximately 55,000 elk, 145,000 deer, 530 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and 150 desert bighorn sheep. The GMUG is also home to a new moose herd on the Grand Mesa, with a population of more than 150. The GMUG provides most of the available habitat for the Colorado River cutthroat trout and the boreal toad in southwestern Colorado.

Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA) for the Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus) Gunnison Basin Population

GMUG National Forests -Wildlife, Fisheries and Rare Plant Program Newsletters:
2014 Program Accomplishments-Newsletter (3/2015)
2013 Program Accomplishments- Newsletter (3/2014)
2012 Progam Accomplishments-Newsletter (2/2013)
2011 Progam Accomplishments-Newsletter (4/2012)
2010 Program Accomplishments-Newsletter (2/2011) 


Threatened, Endangered, Proposed and Candidate Species on the GMUG National Forest (Current List: 2015

Mapping Gunnison Sage-Grouse Habitat with Stereo Aerial Imagery (July 2014 Report):
The U. S. Forest Service evaluated the use of stereo aerial imagery to produce high resolution digital surface models (DSMs) to characterize Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus) habitat, specifically shrub height and percent cover. The findings of this study, in addition to providing vital information about shrub cover, can be used to aid in the mapping and protection of Gunnison sage-grouse habitat.

Seasonal  Road Closures for Wildlife:
Sage-Grouse and big game on the Gunnison Ranger District (Map and information 2012)


Assessments for Management Species of Special Concern:

 Federal threatened and endangered species on the Forest include:

  • Canada lynx
  • Mexican spotted owl
  • Uncompahgre fritillary butterfly
  • Uinta Basin hookless cactus

Special species the GMUG plays a role in helping sustain:

  • Gunnison sage grouse,
  • Black bear
  • Boreal owl
  • Marten
  • Mountain lion
  • Bald eagle
  • Peregrine falcon
  • Several plant species

Aquatic sensitive species on or near the Forest include:

  • Colorado River cutthroat trout
  • Roundtail chub
  • Bluehead sucker
  • Boreal toad

Other Assessments, Biological Reports, and Correspondence.....