TWO MAJOR ENERGY COMPANIES KEEP PRIVATE LAND OPEN FOR HUNTERS

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Working with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, EnCana and Shell have agreed to keep several large privately-owned parcels open for public hunting in the Piceance Creek area.
 
The two energy firms have reached separate agreements with the DOW to allow hunting on private land owned by the companies.
 
The EnCana agreement is a one year commitment by the company to keep approximately 17,000 acres of private land on the Roan Plateau open during the 2007 big game hunting seasons.
 
“We’re pleased that we can once again open this beautiful area up for the season and we’re especially proud of the partnership that has developed with the Division of Wildlife,” said Darrin Henke, Vice President of EnCana’s South Rockies Business Unit. 
 
Access to property owned by Shell is maintained through a ten year hunting access lease that Shell and the DOW entered into in 2006. The agreement leases more than 19,000 acres of land to the DOW for hunting access for $1 per year.
 
“We understand that the sport of hunting is important to west slope communities,” said Jill Davis, senior public affairs representative for the Shell Mahogany Research Project.  “Part of doing oil shale the right way is to maintain and improve northwestern Colorado’s way of life. Maintaining hunting access to the Piceance basin is certainly a part of that.”
 
To protect the safety of energy exploration workers that may be operating in the areas the agreement lays out specific areas where hunting is allowed. For more information about hunting access locations, please contact the DOW Meeker office at (970) 878-6090 or PO Box 1181, Meeker, CO 81641.
 
The specific properties are located in what is commonly called the “Girls Claims”.
The Girls Claims were originally operated as public land by the Bureau of Land Management, but an agreement signed in 1980 provided provisions allowing energy companies to claim the land and convert it to private ownership. One part of the agreement required that the land remain open to the public for 25 years. The agreement expired in August, 2005 and private property signs began appearing in these areas.
 
“It was frustrating for some of our hunters when they arrived in these areas where they may have hunted for years, or in some cases generations, only to find that they were no longer welcome,” explained DOW Area Wildlife Manager Bill deVergie. “It’s great that these two companies have agreed to keep these lands open to hunters.”
 
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is the state agency responsible for managing wildlife and its habitat, as well as providing wildlife related recreation. The Division is funded through hunting and fishing license fees, federal grants and Colorado Lottery proceeds through Great Outdoors Colorado.
 
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For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

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