Bill To Fix CPW’s Financial Woes Advances

A bill, which would allow Colorado Parks and Wildlife to increase park fees in order to address the agencies long term funding issues is working its way through the Colorado Legislature. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 6-1 to send the Hunting, Fishing, and Parks for Future Generations act to the full Senate earlier this week. CPW estimates that by 2025 the agency will have an annual budget shortfall of $30 million for wildlife management, with a yearly deficit of $11 million for parks. Unless the agency is able to address this funding shortfall by increasing park fees, CPW’s work on habitat conservation, state park operations and wildlife management will suffer. The Future Generations Act will be heard on the Senate floor Thursday. For additional information on the legislation, click here. 

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