Title: 'Skipper' to Cost Dam Biolders $600,000
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Title: 'Skipper' to Cost Dam Biolders $600,000
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Language: English
Publisher: The Denver Post
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: The Denver Post Article October 15, 1987
General Note: Box 7, Folder 3 ( Vail Conference 1988 - 1988 ), Item 37
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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October 15, 1987

Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire

Rockies Edition/25t

'Skipper' to cost dam

builders $600,000

By Norm Udevitz
Denvr Post Staf WriMr
The builders of the Two Forks Dam
will have to spend $600,000 to protect a
rare, threatened butterfly.
The Pawnee Montane Skipper but-
terfly, the hardy ice-age survivor that
ranges over the area that will be inun-
dated by the proposed dam, has been
declared a threatened species by the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The decision, made public this
week, won't scuttle the huge project,
but will force the dam's builders -
the Denver Water Department and
the Metropolitan Water Providers -
to spend 600,000 to guarantee survive
al of the only skipper colony in Colo-
rado, primarily to buy nearly 1,400 .
acres of land near the new reservoir.
The 1,400 acres will augment anoth-
er 5,078 acres already owned by the
department in the area all of which
wil be usedfor a t I
a won't rep all of
* the 8,000 acres that will be covered by
the Two Forks reservoir. But officials
believe the skipper population can be
stabilized on the reduced habitat.
"This is a firm commitment by
Denver and the providers," said Steve
Work, director of the board's environ-
mental impact statement group. "We
think and hope it will solve the prob-
lem once and for all."
The butterfly problem has been
looming over the project for more
than two years and already has cost
dam proponents more than $50,000 for
studies by entomologists.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
said that Denver's commitment con-
stitutes a finding of "no jeopardy to
te secies." The U.S. Army Corps of
the Engineers and the U.S. Forest
Service, the agencies that will make a
final decision on Denver's applicaUon
for a permit to build the dam, will be
so informed.
Officials described most of the re-
placement land as "high quality skip-
per habitat that has been selected by
species experts." Tracts that are less
suitable, they said, will be improved
by thinning trees and increasing quan-
ities of plants the skippers require
for food, protection and breeding.

The Pawnee Montane Skipper butterfly.


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