Dorsey to serve as Southwest Region manager for CPW

A Colorado native and longtime wildlife officer has been selected manager of the Southwest Region for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Patt Dorsey, who began her career with Parks and Wildlife in 1991 as a district wildlife manager in Boulder, was selected to the Southwest regional position Feb. 1 by Parks and Wildlife director Rick Cables.

She has been the district wildlife manager in Durango since 2003.

The new job comes less than a month after Dorsey was selected the 2012 Wildlife Officer of the Year in Colorado by Shikar-Safari Club International.

“We are thrilled to have Patt step up to this position,” Cables said. “She is well-respected and has an impeccable reputation in the agency as well as in the Durango area.”

As regional manager she will oversee state park and wildlife operations in the Durango, Montrose and Gunnison areas as well as the San Luis Valley.

The Southwest Region is home to eight state parks — Crawford, Lone Mesa, Mancos, Navajo, Paonia, Ridgway, San Luis and Sweitzer Lake state parks — as well as dozens of wildlife areas and some of the best big-game hunting and fishing in the state.

“I’ve loved this part of the state for its rugged mountains and rich heritage for my entire life,” Dorsey said. “I’m honored that the next step in my career allows me to stay right where I want to be, doing exactly what I want to be doing.”

A native of Loveland, Dorsey graduated Colorado State University in 1985 with a degree in wildlife biology.

She replaces Tom Spezze, who retired last year.

Also, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will hold a joint meeting with the State Land Board when the commission meets Thursday and Friday in Denver.

The meeting will be held in the Hunter Education Building at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Denver campus at 6060 Broadway, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. The agenda is available online at wildlife.state.us, click on Commission.

This week’s meeting includes a presentation on 2012 conservation-easement projects. Since the Wildlife Habitat Protection Program began in 2007, the program has protected more than 173,000 acres of wildlife habitat and opened more than 78,000 acres of private land to public hunting or fishing access.

The program was developed to leverage funds from the sportsman-created Habitat Stamp program with other land-protection programs, including local, state and national land trusts, and funds from the Colorado Lottery through Great Outdoors Colorado.

On Friday, Parks and Wildlife commissioners will meet with the State Land Board and discuss items of mutual interest, including the federal Endangered Species Act decision regarding Gunnison sage-grouse, lesser prairie-chicken and wolverine.


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