The BLM will continue work with the Mule Deer Foundation this summer to improve mule deer habitat in Northwest Colorado. The mule deer population has been on the decline in our area, and the BLM has partially attributed the falling numbers to decreasing habitat quality, and habitat loss. To help increase the mule deer population, work will focus on removing encroaching conifer trees and improving existing sagebrush and grassland habitat. Crews will be hand thinning vegetation on nearly 300 acres of land near Meeker, as part of the habitat rehabilitation effort. In addition, crews will also do habitat rehabilitation work on 400 acres near Cathedral Rim, 487 acres near Toponas, 141 acres north of Rifle and 830 acres south of Kremmling. In all, the BLM and Mule Deer Foundation plan to restore as much as 2,300 acres of mule deer habitat by the end of the summer.