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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Colorado Parks and Wildlife is responsible for the acquisition, development, management and protection of agency-controlled lands, water resources and water rights in coordination with local, state, federal, non-government agencies and landowners.

Colorado’s 66 million acres of land include 11.5 million acres of cropland, which support more than 36,000 ranches and farms. Without private landowners' support and the management of associated water rights, modern-day Colorado's remarkable wildlife abundance - and equally rich hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational opportunities - simply would not exist. 

 State Trust Lands

​​​State Trust Lands in Colorado currently total nearly 3 million surface acres. The federal government endowed the lands to Colorado in 1876, the year the Centennial State officially joined the union.

The Public Access Program is a lease arrangement between the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the State Land Board which began in 1993. The Public Access Program allows public access to specific State Trust Lands and has opened up to the public over half a million acres of lands which had no public access previously.

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Colorado Natural Areas Program

Colorado’s best places well into the future. To date, more than 300 rare, threatened or endangered species and communities are monitored and cooperatively protected at 93 designated sites in Colorado, with more in the works. Natural areas are found on public or private land and are designated through land management agreements with landowners.

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 Habitat Stamp

black and white habitat stamp logoHabitat loss is one of the leading issues impacting the survival of fish and wildlife for future generations. Purchases of the Habitat Stamp provide the core funds for the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program. The program provides a means for Colorado Parks and Wildlife to work with private landowners, local governments, and conservation organizations to protect important fish and wildlife habitat and provide places for people to enjoy our wildlife heritage.

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 Stewards Of The Land

 Protecting Habitat and Providing Access