Terry WiseRifle, CO Colorado

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July 18, 2012
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Inspectors keep invasive species out of Rifle & Harvey Gap Reservoirs

Meet Daryl Price, an aquatic nuisance species inspector at Harvey Gap State Park. Daryl inspects water craft as they go on and off the water for invasive species and weeds. Daryl calls Rifle home, and this is his first season working for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Daryl made the decision to apply and work for Colorado Parks and Wildlife because he wanted to be at the lake every day. He finds the lake beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. Daryl enjoys meeting and talking to new people and enjoys the peace and tranquility of it all. He recommends to anyone to arrive just before dawn. It is absolutely gorgeous!At Rifle Gap boat ramp, meet Don Cauldin. Don is also an aquatic nuisance species inspector. His hometown is Independence, Mo., but he calls Glenwood Springs his home now. This is Don's first season as an inspector, but some of you may remember seeing him around the area from 2003-2008, when he worked in maintenance for the park system.He finds Rifle Gap State Park a perfect place to hang out. Don enjoys the camaraderie with his fellow workers and volunteers. He meets new friends daily on the boat ramp. And the work hours still give him plenty of free time to enjoy the surrounding area. On his days off, Don likes to ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the mountains. I asked Don what he might recommend to boaters. He said to double check the following three things before coming out to the park: Make sure you have a good battery, have plenty of gas and remember your tackle box. Don said he would suggest a park visitor not forget about Rifle Falls. Go explore the trails and streams. He would also suggest that, during your vacation, take the time to explore Glenwood Springs Adventure Park and Tramway. (I think they have a new roller coaster that I'm really excited to try soon.) Don said it's a one of a kind for this area. Come on out to Harvey Gap and meet Daryl and Rifle Gap to meet Don.Rifle Gap, Rifle Falls and Harvey Gap are managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, created with the merger of Colorado State Parks and Division of Wildlife. The agency manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado's wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. For more, go online to www.parks.state.co.us and http:// wildlife.state.co.us.Terry Wise is the summer season park naturalist and volunteer coordinator for the Rifle Gap State Park Complex. Reach her at 625-1607.

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