Colorado Parks and Wildlife schedules meeting about finances

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will hold a series of public meetings around the state to discuss the financial challenges facing the agency.

The Grand Junction meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the new R5 High School, 455 N. 22nd St.

The meetings will take public feedback as CPW continues to search for possible solutions to effectively manage the state’s wildlife and 41 state parks in light of the agency’s budget shortfall.

“Operating with a strained budget is not just a problem for the agency, it’s a problem for everyone in this state, whether you hunt, hike, fish, camp or boat, or depend on the revenue these activities generate for businesses and the state’s economy,” said Katie Lanter, CPW’s policy and planning supervisor. “The public will need to be heavily involved and help decide how the management of some of Colorado’s most important natural resources will be funded so they will be available for future generations.”

How to manage a growing and active population is another challenge facing CPW.

“Funding is only one natural resource management challenge looming on the horizon,” said Lanter. “Over the next 25 years, Colorado’ population is expected to increase by 2.5 million people, putting more pressure on recreation areas and wildlife.”

Along with CPW representatives, members of the Northwest Region Sportsmen’s Roundtable will be at the meetings.

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