A Vision for the Future
CPW employs a user-pays, user-benefits 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 merged in 2011, the budgets for parks and wildlife remain separate.
CPW's funding is dependent on customers.
How We're Working to Solve It
We have cut more than $40 million in wildlife expenditures and defunded approximately 50 wildlife positions since 2009.
Park programs reduced the number of full-time employees by 5% and the number of seasonal employees by 10%. We also closed Bonny State Park.
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)
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.