Operating costs continuously rise with inflation, but much of our revenue does not.
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 downturn 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
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
Boating and Habitat Protection Grants
Aquatic Nuisance Species program
Big Game Access Program (BGAP)
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.
Let us know what you think of our strategic plan. Visit our strategic planning website and provide us feedback at DNR_CPW_Planning@state.co.us or call 303-869-1350.