question (not): Who
should be on the commission responsible for overseeing Colorado’s Parks
Department and Division of Wildlife, recently formed after the merger of the
state’s Parks and Wildlife Divisions:
of special interest groups, such as multiple agriculture, hunting and motorized
trail representatives; OR
and biology experts who can make the best decisions in keeping with the agency’s
House bill HB12-1317², which legislates the commission using Option (a) above,
is moving through Colorado’s legislature. As noted in an earlier Action Alert,
the Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC) supports the Colorado Parks and
Wildlife Commission proposed composition³ as stated in a letter written in
December, 2011, by Kirk Cunningham, our Conservation Co-Chair, to Mike King, Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources.
recommendation went through months of stakeholder meetings, and takes the proposed
composition of special-interests to the limit of our ability to compromise
Colorado’s parks and wildlife decision-making.
But the proposed bill has taken on a character of leaning heavily
towards special interests, and away from public interests.
Tell your State Representative,
as well as Senator Gail Schwartz, Chair of Senate Agriculture, Natural
Resources and Energy Committee, and Governor Hickenlooper to support the original
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission’s recommended composition, which balances the perspectives of the various
stakeholders who care about state parks and state wildlife populations.
Commissions have a lot of power and this new entity will last for years – if
not decades. Demand that Colorado’s parks and wilderness areas be managed by
those committed to their long-term sustainability. We need to get this right, right from the
Thanks for all you do for the environment.
Mary Coday Edwards
RMC Legislative Committee Chair
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¹ Agency Mission: “… to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the
state, to provide a quality state park system, and to provide enjoyable and
sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current
and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural
² For information on
the bill, see RMC’s Legislative Tracker at http://rmc.sierraclub.org/tracker.shtml
³ See http://dnr.state.co.us/DPW/Pages/Board.aspx
to read the “Final Recommendations of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Commission on Legislative Declaration and Agency Mission, and Commission