Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission operates in an oversight capacity. The Commission sets regulations and policies for Colorado’s state parks and wildlife programs. There are 11 commissioners, appointed by the Governor.

Commission Information at a Glance:

Number of seats on the Commission: 11

Selection criteria required by statute:

  • Geographic: To the extent possible, voting members shall be appointed to the commission in a manner that ensures balanced geographical representation of diverse areas of the state. At least four voting members shall be appointed from west of the continental divide. Two members are appointed from the public at-large.
  • Political party: Of the voting members appointed to the commission, there shall not be a difference of more than one person between those members affiliated with any major political party.
  • License holder: Three members who are sports persons who can demonstrate a reasonable knowledge of wildlife issues and who have obtained a hunting or fishing license issued under this title for at least each of the three years prior to their appointments.
  • Agricultural representative: Three members who are actively involved in production agriculture as owners or lessees of the agricultural property and owners or partial owners of the commodities produced on the land and who can demonstrate a reasonable knowledge of wildlife issues.
  • Conservation/wildlife advocate: One member shall represent a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the conservation and enhancement of Colorado’s wildlife and habitat;  recognizes and promotes primarily non-consumptive wildlife use;  and has expertise in wildlife issues, wildlife habitat, or wildlife management.
  • General knowledge/background: The governor shall make appointments that ensure that a reasonable balance of the following areas of knowledge and experience, as they relate to parks and wildlife, are represented: Outdoor business, service as a current or former local elected official, youth outdoor education, wildlife biology or science, energy, conservation, beneficial uses of water, land conservation and conservation easements, and diversified trails interests and activities. The governor shall give preference to persons with experience or expertise in multiple areas of knowledge.
  • Other: Three members who can demonstrate that they regularly engage in outdoor recreation and utilize parks resources.

As of mid-2021, 5 members are consumptive users and 7 seats are occupied by men. 

Commission Website

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Funding Sources

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). GOCO is funded solely by Colorado lottery proceeds. The state constitution requires GOCO to allocate its funds to four areas: outdoor recreation, wildlife, local governments, and open space. GOCO’s outdoor recreation and wildlife conservation funding is allocated through investments in CPW programs and facilities. Wildlife program grants develop watchable wildlife opportunities, implement educational programs about wildlife and wildlife environment, promote Colorado’s diverse wildlife heritage, and protect crucial wildlife habitat.

†† Minor Other (no source ≥10%): Sale of assets, interest on long term accounts, concession sales, retail sales, wildlife sporting license plate.