WestWater was contracted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO) to conduct biological surveys for the GJFO FY 201 Sunnyside Road Reclamation Biological Survey Project south of the town of DeBeque, Colorado.
The survey area encompassed approximately 1,158 acres across 22 separate survey polygons within the Sunnyside Area, along V Road. Objectives of the survey were to identify and map areas where sensitive and rare plant species (and their habitats) occur, and identify and map vegetation communities, including noxious weeds.
Plant species of concern were Sclerocactus glaucus, Phacelia submutica, Cirsium perplexans, Pediomelus aromaticum, Astragalus debequaeus, and Astragalus naturitensis. These surveys were conducted to ensure compliance with the Endangered Species Act and BLM Resource Management Plans.
SSS were identified and mapped within the project boundaries and a full biological survey report was submitted in August, 2018.