The Future Generations Act (SB18-143) has become a Bill!


We are overjoyed that the Future Generations Act (SB18-143) passed the House of Representatives April 19th with a 45-17 vote and that Governor Hickenlooper signed the Act May 4th! Stay tuned for when the signing celebration will be scheduled!

Our deepest appreciation goes out to all who made phone calls, wrote emails, and told a friend about the positive impact that this bill will have. We received feedback from representatives thanking the community for their communication. This is an example of where those calls and emails have made a difference! 

 

What is this bill and why is it important?

Senate Bill 18-143, or the Hunting, Fishing, and Parks for Future Generations Act- for short-'Future Generations Act' was introduced Jan 29th by Sen. Don Coram of Montrose (R)Rep. Jim Wilson of Salida (R)Sen. Stephen Fenberg of Boulder (D) and Rep. Jeni Arndt of Fort Collins (D) and signed May 4th by Governor Hickenlooper.

This bill addresses CPW's long term solution for funding to continue many of its underfunded or previously cut programs and ways to stay relevant that are vital to natural resource management in Colorado. 

9 goals outlined in the bill to be accomplished by 2025:

  1. row the number of hunters and anglers in Colorado through investments in programs such as hunter education, Fishing is Fun, and the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex, and grants for shooting ranges in all regions of the state.
  2. Expand access for hunters, anglers and outdoor recreationists by renewing existing high-priority leases and supporting additional public access programs on public and private lands.
  3. Increase and improve big game populations through investments in habitat and conservation, including building more highway wildlife crossings to protect wildlife and motorists.
  4. Improve species distribution and abundance monitoring and disease prevention efforts through partnerships with private landowners.
  5. Increase the number of fish stocked in Colorado waters through hatchery modernization and renovations.
    Identify and begin planning the development of Colorado’s next state park.
  6. Reduce risks to life and property and sustain water-based recreation opportunities by reducing CPW’s dam maintenance and repair backlog by 50 percent.
  7. Partner with outdoor recreationists, such as hikers, bikers, and wildlife watchers, to develop strategies for funding the maintenance of state lands and facilities and the management of wildlife.
  8. Recruit and retain qualified employees to manage wildlife, park, recreational and aquatic resources.
  9. Provide quality infrastructure at CPW properties by completing much needed construction and maintenance.

Read the full text here and learn more about its status here

How else can I take action?

  1. Stay educated! Learn about how you can be an advocate for Colorado's natural resources 
  2. Inform others! Share this information with your circle. 
  3. Buy an annual Colorado State Parks Pass or day pass and hunting/fishing license
  4. Follow our Facebook page!

And Get Educated: Further Reading

Fact Sheet about 'Future Generations Act'

CPW's Conservation Story

Understanding CPW's Challenges

Learn about ongoing unique CPW projects

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Craig Press Daily

Thank you for your support and action during the 2018 Legislative Session!