Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is nearing completion of the strategic planning process that will guide CPW's efforts into the future. The new Plan will set a high-level vision, overarching goals, objectives, and strategies for Colorado's state parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation resources. CPW is striving to develop a strategic direction that is shared with citizens of Colorado, individuals who utilize CPW services, the Parks and Wildlife Commission, and CPW's dedicated staff.Throughout this process, we will continue to provide opportunities for the public to learn more about CPW and to share their thoughts, perspectives and concerns to help inform the 2015 Strategic Plan. Please refer back to this webpage for future opportunities to be involved and to see progress updates. The Commission is expected to approve the Final 2015 Colorado Parks and Wildlife Strategic Plan in November 2015.For questions, please email us at DNR_CPW_Planning@state.co.us or call 303-869-1350.
The draft 2015 Colorado Parks and Wildlife Strategic Plan was presented to the Parks and Wildlife Commission on August 6, 2015. With its release, CPW held a 30-day public comment period and encouraged interested public to give feedback. The comment period closed September 14. Thank you to everyone who attended an open house and/ or submitted comments.
The Plan is intended to be high-level and a living document, one that will be updated as needed. The goals, objectives and strategies are also high-level and intended to guide the creation and execution of operation and implementation plans.
The Plan reflects what CPW heard from stakeholders, the public, staff, and the Commission throughout the planning process as well as builds upon recent planning and research efforts. A summary of the statewide engagement process is provided below. In order to be successful, CPW has reached out to people across the state and encouraged participation in this planning effort.
Glenwood Springs - August 27 from 6-8 p.m. - Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Rd., Glenwood Springs, CO
Firestone - August 31 from 6-8 p.m. - Carbon Valley Regional Library, 7 Park Ave., Firestone, CO
Alamosa - September 3 from 6-8 p.m. - Rodeway Inn, 333 Santa Fe Ave., Alamosa, CO
The two-month statewide engagement process to inform development of the draft plan was conducted between February and early April 2015. The goal of this engagement was to hear from stakeholders, general public and staff about their priorities for CPW over the next 10 to 20 years. CPW provided public and staff comment forms, hosted 16 workshops around the state, held a telephone town hall, and invited comments via voicemail and email. The Public and Staff Engagement Report summarized the input received throughout the engagement phase and was presented to the Parks and Wildlife Commission. This provided the base for the Commission to develop draft goals in a workshop on May 5 and during the regular Commission meeting on May 6. Thank you to all who took time to participate and help inform the development of the 2015 Colorado Parks and Wildlife Strategic Plan.
CPW offered a comment form for individuals to share their thoughts on Colorado State Parks, wildlife management, outdoor recreation, and education and outreach. Links to the public comment form were included in press releases, email announcements, fliers, social media posts and on the CPW homepage. The public comment form was available in English and in Spanish. More than 4,700 people responded to the comment form, which was also available on paper at the public workshops. A summary of the comments we received can be seen in the Public and Staff Engagement Report.
CPW held 11 public workshops in Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Lamar, Salida, Durango, Montrose, Grand Junction and Steamboat Springs. All meetings were open to the public and registration was not required. Across the 11 public strategic planning workshops, 359 individuals participated to help inform the draft Plan. At the workshops, staff asked participants to consider and share their ideas for how CPW can be successful over the next 10 to 20 years. Outcomes from these workshops can be found in the Public and Staff Engagement Report.