Help Shape The Future of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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Help Shape The Future of Colorado Parks and WildlifeThis is a great opportunity to get involved with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and help to shape their plans. Use this opportunity to voice your thoughts and concerns to better Colorado parks and wilderness areas.

Statewide Trails Strategic Plan

As part of the “Colorado the Beautiful” initiative, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s State Trails Program is preparing a Statewide Trails Strategic Plan. The Trails program awards approximately $8 to $9 million annually for trail grants that benefit motorized and non-motorized recreation in Colorado.  Each year people enjoy Colorado’s superb trails approximately 227 million times for walking, hiking, biking, horse riding, ATV and snowmobile recreation. That is roughly the same as all other types of outdoor recreation combined in Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife values public input on all agency planning.

Phone-In Town Hall

Dates: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Anyone may participate in the “Phone-In Town Hall” by dialing 1-877-229-8493, when prompted enter the Pin # 111956​ to join the call. The Phone-In Town Hall can accommodate up to 50,000 participants. Colorado registered voters are encouraged to join the discussion.​

Call in number 1-877-229-8493 Pin # 111956.

Colorado the Beautiful​

The Governor’s “Colorado the Beautiful” plan outlined four initiatives to be addressed and completed as the first four steps toward the achievement of this ambitious plan.

  1. Identification of 16 critical trail segments in 2016 (Completed)
    The Department of Natural Resources, GOCO and CPW has identified 16 critical trail gaps, missing trail segments and undeveloped trails across the state to elevate those to priority status for public awareness, funding and completion.  Information on the 16 in 16 can be found on the Colorado Department of Natural Resources website​. For Additional information regarding Governor Hickenlooper’s announcement, view Gov. Hickenlooper announces 16 highest priority trail projects​ news release.
  2. Colorado Trails System (CTS) mapping project (Ongoing)
    CPW will develop a comprehensive outdoor recreation map of trails throughout the state that will eventually include all trails in Colorado.
  3. Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office (CORIO)  (Completed)
    With the appointment of Luis Benitez as Colorado’s first CORIO director, this office will provide a central state point of contact, advocacy, resources and support for the diverse constituents, businesses, communities and groups that rely on the continued health of Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry.  Find additional information at​​.
  4. Colorado Trails Strategic Plan
    CPW, with our partners, move the state toward a key, unifying vision for outdoor recreation and access to achieve Governor Hickenlooper’s vision of having every Coloradan living within a 10-minute walk of a park, trail or open space.​

Key points for the development of a new Colorado Trails Strategic Plan

  • Includes multiple opportunities for public involvement and input.
  • Several points for review and input by CPW and DNR staff, the State Recreation Trails Committee, and the CPW Commission.
  • SRTC approves intermediate and final versions before sending to CPW Commission for final approval.
  • CPW has a solid body of statewide research that is “fresh”.  Intent is to use that research – 2014 SCORP, 2015 CPW Strategic Plan – to save time and expense.
  • Need for the SRTC to reach out to stakeholder groups and the public to dialogue about the plan.  The successful implementation of the plan depends on that outreach effort.
  • Process includes both strategic goals and objectives and programmatic actions for non-motorized and motorized efforts.

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