DENVER –Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking comments and questions about the merged agency. The agency merger occurred in 2011. The Northeast region meeting will take place Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. in the Bighorn Room, 6060 Broadway, Denver. Similar meetings will be held across the state with a goal of gathering a wide spectrum of input from a variety of groups and stakeholders.
The purpose of the meeting is to help Parks and Wildlife officials develop a five-year plan for the agency as directed by the Colorado State Legislature. The plan, known as the "Path Forward" is being developed on a foundation of several other planning efforts that the agency has underway to address everything from big game management to parks and trails. The process is also drawing heavily on the strategic plans that the former Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks had in place. The "Path Forward" will set long-term strategic direction and budget priorities for the agency.
“There have been many questions and interest in the merger,” said Steve Yamashita, acting Director and Northeast Regional Manager. “This open house is an opportunity for recreationists of all outdoor activities to come talk with us about how they’d like to see the agency operate in the future.”
Among the topics of discussion that may be brought up include how the five-year merger plan has combined the goals of the former Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks into a unified strategy regarding everything from big game management to trail and park development.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is working closely with agency staff to develop the plan which is scheduled for completion by Dec. 31.
“Northeast Colorado has the largest population in the state with many thriving and well-use Parks and wildlife areas, added Yamashita. “Our users need to have their voices heard as we move forward as a combined agency.”
Who: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
What: Northeast Region Open House Meeting on CPW Path Forward