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​​Now Accepting Applications for Board of Directors​

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announces application process for Board of Director positions for the newly created Colorado Nongame Conservation and Wildlife Restoration Cash Fund. 


The board is comprised of seven members, appointed by CPW Director, serving staggered three-year terms, no member shall serve more than six years. 

CPW is looking for Board members to represent the following categories:

  • 2 representatives from private sector wildlife rehabilitation centers
  • 1 representat​​ive of the Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies
  • 1 CPW employee
  • 1 wildlife biologist employed by Colorado higher education institution or a non-state entity  
  • 1 representative from a wildlife conservation organization whose mission focuses on conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems and habitat protection for biodiversity
  • 1 member of the general public with an interest in non-consumptive uses of wildlife or wildlife rehabilitation

Applications will be accepted until 5pm on June 15, 2018


Board participation will be on a voluntary basis. Members will serve without compensation and without reimbursement for expenses incurred fulfilling their responsibilities.

During the 2017 legislative session, Renew And Expand Tax Check-off To Benefit Wildlife (House Bill 17-1250) created a new grant program for wildlife rehabilitation centers, funded through a portion of revenue from the nongame tax check-off program.

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Support Colorado’s endangered wildlife on your tax return

​Help threatened and endangered wildlife with a voluntary contribution through the “nongame and endangered wildlife cash fund” on your Colorado tax returns this year. Filling out line No. 1 of Colorado tax form 104CH (the Voluntary Contributions Schedule form) supports wildlife rehabilitation and preservation of​ threatened and endangered species in the state through Colorado Parks and Wildlife programs. 

Colorado Parks & Wildlife is one of the organizations included on Colorado state income tax form 104A as part of Checkoff Colorado, which allows taxpayers to make voluntary contributions to the organizations of their choice when filing their state income tax returns. Contributors specify the amount of their donation. Donations are tax deductible and help support around 750 species of wildlife that cannot be hunted, fished or trapped. Funds go to projects that manage or recover wildlife including birds of prey, lynx, river otter, black-footed ferret and others.​

“The well-being of nongame species from the Eastern Plains to our highest peaks are key indicators of habitat health in Colorado,” said Reid DeWalt, assistant director for wildlife and natural resources at CPW. “The nongame tax checkoff is a vital tool for Colorado Parks and Wildlife to support the ​management of Colorado's numerous nongame species.​”

The nongame and endangered wildlife cash fund will also help to support wildlife rehabilitation centers that work to care for injured and orphaned wildlife ranging from the Colorado chipmunk to the great blue heron.​

“We joke that these animals don’t have an annual income to support their livelihood, but the reality is that some wildlife is more vulnerable than others,” said Dan Zimmerer, CPW’s partnership coordinator. “Rehab centers provide care for orphaned and recovering wildlife, a conservation service that these threatened and vulnerable animals otherwise would not receive. They could not do the work they do without the support of voluntary contributions.”

Please consider donating something to the nongame voluntary contribution program on Line 1 of your form 104CH this yearIf you use a tax preparer, please ask how you can donate to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Cash Fund.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is an enterprise agency funded primarily by license sales, state parks fees and registration fees. The nongame program receives no state tax dollars and depends on voluntary contributions. Voluntary taxpayer support benefits Colorado Parks and Wildlife​’s mission to conserve Colorado’s natural resources. To learn more about Colorado Parks and Wildlife's funding sources, please visit the Financial Sustainability​ page.