Frequently Asked Questions
Xcel Energy is installing a natural gas line in Cherry Creek State Park for the Southeast Metro Natural Gas Project.
Prior to installing the natural gas line in the Park, we need to complete passive prairie dog relocation to meet permit requirements.
Passive prairie dog relocation refers to methods by which prairie dogs are non-lethally relocated from their current burrows to nearby habitat. This process is completed prior to the start of construction.
Passive prairie dog relocation involves placing wire gates across burrow entrances and closing each burrow once prairie dogs have relocated to nearby areas outside our work areas. Prairie dogs are not handled for this type of relocation.
Passive prairie dog relocation activities need to be completed in the entire work area before construction can begin. This relocation method requires large areas to remain inaccessible to the public so that we can limit disturbances near the wired burrows to enable prairie dogs to leave their burrows and relocate out of our work areas.
Our permits require us to passively relocate prairie dogs prior to construction.
Portions of the Butterfly Hill and Pope trails are closed to support the ongoing passive prairie dog relocation activities. Partial trail closures were implemented in June and will remain in place into August.
Passive prairie dog relocation requires space beyond the affected burrows to allow the prairie dogs to move to nearby habitat. Prairie dogs are not handled for this type of relocation.
The trails have been closed to limit disturbances to enable the prairie dogs to leave their burrows and relocate out of our work areas.
Trails will be reopened after the prairie dogs successfully relocate.