The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is the funding concept that makes all of our conservation efforts possible. In short, the revenue generated from hunting and fishing activities constitutes about 70 percent of our wildlife management funds. For almost two centuries, this model has been a large part of the reason why Colorado’s wildlife is so healthy and abundant.
The model is governed by two basic ideals and seven conservation principles.
In its most basic form, the model rests on the guidelines that:
The “Seven Sisters” guidelines allow for slightly deeper exploration into these conservation principles.
Elimination of Markets for GameCommercial hunting and the sale of wildlife are prohibited to ensure the sustainability of wildlife populations.
Allocation of Wildlife by LawWildlife is allocated to the public by law, as opposed to by market principles, land ownership, or other status. Hunting and fishing laws are created through the public process, meaning everyone has the opportunity and responsibility to develop systems of wildlife conservation and use. Democratic processes and public input in lawmaking help ensure that access is equitable.
The North American Model recognizes science as a basis for informed management and decision-making processes. Research and tracking help us to best conserve our resources.
The NAMWC is implemented throughout the United States. In Colorado, the model has helped species like lynx, moose, black-footed ferrets, elk, and turkeys among many others. The millions of dollars generated by hunters and anglers - through license sales as well as excise taxes on equipment and firearms - are the reason this model works.
Although the State Wildlife Grant program is an immense help in providing reliable funds for conservation efforts, revenues from hunters and anglers make up the bulk of conservation funding. These principles allow for the sustainable use of our wildlife resources by setting basic guidelines. Through scientific reasoning and democratic processes, we can all protect Colorado’s wildlife.