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Funding the Future
Funding the Future

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Funding the future of conservation and outdoor recreation in Colorado​

During the summer 2016, Colorado Parks and Wildlife held 18 meetings throughout the state that were attended by more than 250 members of the public. An additional 2,600 individuals submitted comments using an online form available on CPWs website through September 15, 2016. 

Please read the Public Engagement Report​ for a summary of what CPW heard from sportsmen and other interestested public regarding funding the future of wildlife management and conservation in Colorado. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in one of our public meetings and submitted comments. ​If you were unable to attend a meeting, you may watch the presentation here: ​

In recent years, CPW has faced substantial budget shortfalls which resulted in the elimination of over 50 positions and $40 million from wildlife budgets. By 2023, the shortfall could e​​xceed 20% annually.

Wild is not free—managing wildlife is expensive. Wildlife funding provided by sportsmen goes towards:

  • ​​providing hunting opportunities while sustaining healthy populations; 
  • operating fish hatcheries to make sure that our lakes and rivers provide diverse fishing opportunities;
  • preserving important wildlife areas and access; 
  • ​as well as returning and restoring overall wildlife populations to our state. 

Without increasing revenues, CPW will have to cut staff and core services, which could include reductions to wildlife and property management, biological research, access for hunting and fishing, as well as the closure of some reservoirs and fish hatcheries.​

For details on how CPW is funded and how parks and wildlife funds are allocated, please visit our Financial Sustainability Page​.​​