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Financial Sustainability
Financial Sustainability

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A Vision for the Future

CPW employs a user-paid, user-benefited funding model. The fish and wildlife conservation programs, as well as management of recreational lands, are primarily funded by hunters, anglers and park visitors through sales ​of hunting and fishing licenses, habitat stamps, and parks passes. Although the two agencies recently merged, Parks and Wildlife each retain their own budgets. 

CPW's funding is dependent on customers.

 Parks Revenue & Expense

​​Parks Revenue graph ​​Parks Expenditures​​​

 Wildlife Revenue & Expense

Wildlife revenue graph

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The Problem

  • Operating costs continuously rise with inflation, but much of our revenue does not.

Inflation examples chart

  • ​CPW's commitment to manage elk populations in 2008 resulted in reduced license numbers and related income.

  • Costs such as personnel, health care, operations and utilities consistently increase.

  • Expenses such as dam repair, building and property maintenance, new hunting and fishing access, and technological upgrades are necessary to maintain Colorado's world-class outdoor recreation opportunities.

  • Parks used to receive support from tax dollars, but after the economic down​t​​urn of 2008, the general tax funding was reallocated to more immediate priorities in the state budget.

  • CPW Financial Report for FY 14-15 and 2016 Eight Year Forecast 

How We're Working to Solve It

  • ​Wildlife budgets have cut more than $40 million in expenditures and defunded approximately 50 positions since 2009 (including almost $10 million in cuts to wildlife expenditures this fiscal year).

  • CPW has cut or reduced funding to programs such as:

    • Fishing is Fun 

    • Wetlands

    • Boating and Habitat Protection Grants 

    • Aquatic Nuisance Species program 

    • Big Game Access Program (BGAP)

How You Can Help

  • ​Spread the word! Make sure that your friends and neighbors realize how valuable license fees, parks fees and registrations are to CPW's operations. 

  • Step outside your comfort zone! Try a new CPW activity that you haven't before.

  • Continue to purchase your CPW products every year, and keep participating in the outdoor activities you love.  



​​​​Thank you for moving our programs forward with your fees and participation.​