Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants input on how it should operate in the coming years. The agency generates its own $200 million dollar budget. The lion’s share comes from hunting licenses and similar fees. And that revenue is dropping because the agency is selling fewer licenses. CPW is looking for public input on how to make up for the losses, which could include new user fees.
“Do we need to take advantage of general funds?” asks Mike Porras, a spokesman for the agency. “There’s other things, like hikers and bikers. They enjoy the outdoors, in terms of our wildlife and our outdoor recreation. But there are no user fees associated with those activities.”
Parks and Wildlife is holding a telephone town hall this Thursday evening, as well as meetings in Montrose, Grand Junction and elsewhere. Click here for more information.