CO: Parks and Wildlife board to discuss merger

DENVER – The inaugural meeting of the Colorado Parks and
Wildlife Board will feature the election of officers for the board
that will set regulations and policies for the new Colorado
Division of Parks and Wildlife as well as a two-hour discussion
about the merger of the former Colorado Division of Wildlife and
Colorado State Parks.

The two-day meeting will be held July 7 and July 8 at the Hunter
Education Building, located at the Colorado Division of Parks and
Wildlife’s campus at 6060 North Broadway.

During the Board’s afternoon session on Thursday, members will
discuss a number of issues related to the function of the new,
14-member body, including the composition of the board, the process
for input by the public and stakeholders, interaction with the
transition team that is guiding the merger and other items.

Following election of officers and the establishment of the 2011
meeting schedule in the morning, the board will shift its attention
to several wildlife regulations. The Board is scheduled to take
final action on season regulations for small game, including the
elimination of the additional permit required to hunt Greater
prairie-chicken, expansion of the prairie-chicken hunting season on
the eastern plains, and modification of units open to Greater
sage-grouse hunting in western Colorado.

Also on the agenda is final action on migratory game bird
regulations, including the establishment of hunt dates for
2011-2012 and designating waterfowl hunting zones for 2011 to 2015.
In addition, the board is scheduled to vote in improving waterfowl
hunting access at James M. Robb Colorado River State Park and
Highline Lake State Park and increasing the bag limit on dark geese
in the Pacific flyway portion of Colorado.

The Board will also consider a citizen petition requesting that
archery be allowed as a manner of take for kokanee salmon during
the snagging season in areas open for snagging. Members will also
receive a briefing on the start of the annual review of fishing
regulations.

In other matters, an update on the future of Bonny Reservoir
State Park will be presented by John Geerdes, the southeast
regional manager for parks and Dan Prenzlow, the southeast regional
manager for wildlife. Bonny Reservoir is scheduled to be drained
this fall to satisfy Colorado’s obligations to deliver water to
Kansas and Nebraska under the Republican River Compact.

Tom Morrissey, the state trails program manager, will provide an
update on the OHV Enforcement Pilot Program run by the former
Colorado State Parks.

Friday’s meeting will be devoted to providing orientation to the
members of the former Wildlife Commission and the former Parks
Board about the operations of the agency, including the histories
of Colorado State Parks and the Division of Wildlife, their
missions, legal and statutory authorities, the regulatory process,
strategic plans, field operations and other subjects.

The Parks and Wildlife Board will meet monthly and travel to
communities around the state to facilitate public participation in
its processes. The meeting schedule for the remainder of 2011 will
be published after the meeting. The complete agenda for the July
Parks and Wildlife Board’s meeting can be found on the Wildlife
Commission web page at:
http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeCommission/Archives/2011/July7-82011.htm.

Members of the public who are unable to attend Board meetings or
workshops can listen to the proceedings through a link on the
Division of Wildlife website. This opportunity is provided to keep
constituents better informed about the development of regulations
by the Board and how they are working with Parks and Wildlife staff
to manage parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation programs
administered by the agency.

To access the live audio feed during the meeting, click on the
“listen to live audio” link at the bottom of the Board webpage at:
http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeCommission/

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Board is a 14-member board
appointed by the governor that sets policies and regulations for
the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:
http://wildlife.state.co.us.

 

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