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Pueblo meeting to discuss future of CPW funding challenges

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites the public to discuss the uncertain outlook for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation in the facing of funding challenges. They will hold a meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26th in Pueblo West.

The meeting is being billed as the Future of Conservation and Outdoor Recreation in Colorado. It will be held in the Pueblo West Branch of the Pueblo City-County Library District at 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd. It is scheduled to last two hours, wrapping up by 8:00 p.m.

CPW's Southeast Regional Manager Dan Prenzlow will be there to talk about the financial challenges facing the agency and how best to proceed after the recent CPW financial sustainability bill was debated by Colorado lawmakers in the state General Assembly.

"We want to hear from the public about how we should move forward," Prenzlow said. "Colorado's natural resources and wildlife are under increasing pressure from a growing human population. This agency has done it's best to manage resources on an already shoestring budget, but now we need to find effective ways to increase revenue. This is an important discussion we must have with our sportsmen and women."

The bill passed in the Colorado House, but died in a Senate committee. This meeting is part of a listening tour being held as the agency works to figure out what comes next. The bill was the focus of intense debate as CPW sought to avoid anticipated budget shortfalls by increasing resident license fees.

For background, CPW is an enterprise agency, this means it receives just a tiny amount of general fund revenue and relies on fees from hunting and park users to provide the funding for core agency programs. It can not raise fees without approval from the Legislature.

The agency said since 2009, it has cut or defunded 50 positions and cut a total of $40 million from its operating budget. Permanent park employees have been cut by five percent and the temporary parks workforce by 10 percent.

In these meetings, Parks and Wildlife managers are expected to caution the public that additional cuts are inevitable without an increase in revenue.

Here is quick look at the meeting time and place:

  • When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26
  • Where: Pueblo West Branch of the Pueblo City-County Library District, 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd., Pueblo West, 81007

For more information, you can click here to be taken to the CPW website.

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