December 21, 2011--Miramonte Reservoir designated State Natural Area (Norwood Daily Post)

An uncommon grass, a new and extremely rare species of flower, and premier Gunnison sage-grouse habitat combined to help make the already-popular Dan Noble State Wildlife Area at Miramonte Reservoir, south of Norwood, into one of the three newly-designated Colorado State Natural Areas last week. “The property came to stand out in the past five years because of its botanical and wildlife value,” said Brian Kurzel, the Colorado Natural Areas coordinator at Colorado Parks and Wildlife, who last week announced the three new State Natural Areas chosen by the Parks and Wildlife commission. Since 1977, the Colorado Natural Areas Program has worked with interested landowners and volunteers to conserve the ecosystems, species, geology and fossils that are uniquely Colorado. Miramonte / Dan Noble State Wildlife Area is known for its importance as premier Gunnison sage-grouse habitat, but rare plants have also been discovered in the area, prompting its inclusion in last week’s round of new State Natural Area designations.

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