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. Currently, 5 members are consumptive users and 7 seats are occupied by men. Three commissioners must be sports persons who have obtained a hunting or fishing license for at least each of the three years prior to their appointments, and three commissioners must be actively involved in production agriculture. Two members are appointed from the public at-large.

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.