The Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program (CWHP) is a state-wide program that supports Colorado Parks and Wildlife's (CPW) Mission by offering funding opportunities for private landowners who wish to voluntarily protect important wildlife habitat, and/or, provide sustainable wildlife-related recreational access to the public.
The CWHP is an incentive-based, voluntary program that utilizes Conservation Easements, Access Easements, and in some circumstances, fee title purchases to accomplish strategic wildlife conservation goals and/or public access goals. Priority is given to Conservation Easements and Public Access Easements over Fee Title per CPW Policy and Title 33-4-102.7 C.R.S.
Funding for qualified projects is made possible by a conservation partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and from revenue generated from the sale of habitat stamps (required of all hunters and anglers). The CWHP priorities are guided by requirements of the funding sources (Habitat Stamp Program and GOCO) and the State Wildlife Action Plan.
Public access is not required for conservation easement projects. However, conservation easement projects that separately convey to CPW limited or year-round public access for wildlife-related recreation will be eligible for access compensation in addition to compensation for the conservation easement. Landowners may also submit proposals to the CWHP for projects whose sole purpose is to provide hunting or fishing access through an access easement.
Amanda NimsProgram ManagerColorado Parks and Wildlife(303) email@example.com