NEW MEMBERS APPOINTED TO COLORADO SPORTSMENS ROUNDTABLE
DENVER - Colorado Parks and Wildlife welcomed nine new members to the Colorado Sportsmens Roundtable, a group of both elected and appointed representatives who serve as liaisons between sportsmen and the agency, during a statewide meeting in Buena Vista, Colo., Aug. 22.
The new members of Colorado's Sportsmen's Roundtable are: Andy Treharne, Louisville Amanda Guerin, Colorado Springs Dan Gates, Canon City Dan Murphy, Lake City Dan Schwartz, Meeker Marty Holmes, Westcliffe Roger Tucker, Colorado Springs Ron Goodrich, Pueblo Tom Kenyon, Grand Junction.
Consistent with the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, the direct involvement of sportsmen and women is vitally important to us and to the successful management of Colorados wildlife," said CPW Director Bob Broscheid. "Hunters and anglers provide the majority of the funding for fish and wildlife conservation in Colorado, and should be involved in the agencys fish and wildlife management decisions.
Topics discussed during the statewide meeting included habitat conservation, recruiting youth and other underrepresented groups to hunting and fishing, and a discussion on CPWs financial future.
The Roundtable is a valuable opportunity for hunters, anglers and CPW leadership to discuss priorities and issues affecting the future of wildlife in the state, added Broscheid.
Recently, discussions with the Roundtable have included managing future financial challenges such as an aging infrastructure, population growth and wildlife declines and the loss of wildlife habitat, while budgets are stagnant or declining. CPW recognizes sportsmens participation and support is critical to addressing these challenges.
The Colorado Sportsmen's Roundtable gathers twice each year with CPW officials to provide feedback about a broad range of interests related to hunting, fishing and trapping in Colorado. These interests include, but are not limited to, small and big game hunting, sport fishing, sportsmen-dependent businesses, and habitat protection.
The Sportsmens Roundtable is comprised of 18 statewide members appointed by CPW and two elected delegates from each of four Sportsmens Regional Caucuses. Each member is expected to serve two-year terms. Regional Caucuses meet twice a year prior to the statewide meetings, giving all sportsmen across the state the opportunity to provide ideas and feedback to their representatives.
For information about the Sportsmen's Roundtable, visit http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Roundtable.aspx.
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, big-game management, hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and nonmotorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW's work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.