In a hybrid in-person/virtual meeting in Gateway on November 17 to 18, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission plans some major revisions to its operational standards for several areas and wildlife programs it manages across the state.
Among the important changes, it will make final considerations on revising personal floatation device types to match U.S. Coast Guard changes, remove the high-use fee at certain parks, change the daily vehicle pass fee to $10.00 at all state parks, and make modifications to the Centennial pass requirements and documentation needed.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Thur., November 17 with a Commission tour of the Outdoor Wilderness Lab (OWL) campus and adjourn at 5:15 p.m. The commission will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on Fri., November 18 and adjourn at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be streamed live on CPW’s YouTube page.
During that same meeting, the commission plans to remove Panorama Point at Golden Gate Canyon from the designated event facility list. It will revise regulations to provide discounted camping rates for seniors who purchase the non-motor vehicle individual annual pass and adopt regulations for the replacement of a lost or stolen non-motor vehicle individual annual pass.
The Commission will also make final considerations on revising the walleye bag and possession limits at Rifle Gap, revising a fishing restriction in Vallecito Creek, expanding the southwest youth extended season for fall turkey to all available Game Management Units (GMUs) in the state, adopting a regulation to allow air-gun hunting of turkey in the fall and late seasons, as well as annual changes to turkey seasons and quotas.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission plans to revise boundary names for a Game Management Unit and a Bighorn Sheep Unit, revise license fees and license agent commission rates, make modifications to the low-income annual Colorado State Wildlife Area pass. It will modify the limited license application and draw allocation processes for deer, elk, pronghorn, and bear; including a rolling three-year average for licenses requiring ten or more preference points.
During this two-day session, the Commission plans to open an annual review of big game provisions including:
- Amending the definition of an adult novice hunter;
- Revising the license list classification for the adult novice hunting license and adult novice ranching for wildlife license;
- Modifying the GMU boundaries for 123, 124, 125, 128 and 129;
- Modifying the GMU boundaries for 008 and 191;
- Modifying the hunting closure on Mount Evans;
- Modifying hunt codes and licenses related to deer, elk, pronghorn, moose and mountain goat.
Additional agenda items include:
- Consideration and approval of Real Estate Project 20-032
- Keystone Policy Center and CPW updates on wolf planning
- Public engagement strategy for the draft wolf plan
- RBS-9 Arkansas River Bighorn Sheep Herd Management Plan
- D-28 Arkansas River Deer Herd Management Plan
- D-33 Mesa de Maya Deer Herd Management Plan
- Department of Natural Resources update
- Department of Agriculture update
- Great Outdoors Colorado update
- A financial update
A complete agenda along with all materials for public review for this meeting can be found on the CPW website. The public is encouraged to email written comments to the commission at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details on providing public comments for virtual meetings are available on the CPW website.
The commission meets regularly and travels to communities around the state to facilitate public participation. Anyone can listen to commission meetings through the CPW website. This opportunity keeps constituents informed about the development of regulations and how the commission works with Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff to manage the parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation programs administered by the agency.
The next commission meeting is scheduled to take place on December 9.