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It’s time to invest in Colorado’s great outdoors

Posted by coloradoTUadmin on February 12, 2018 in Conservation, Fishing, Habitat, Leadership, Legislation and Advocacy, Native Trout, Press/PR, Trout, Uncategorized

Cam Chandler is president of Colorado Trout Unlimited, representing 11,000 members statewide.

Colorado Trout Unlimited President, Cam Chandler, and Tucker Ladd, owner of Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver & Frisco, are speaking out together about the importance of investing in Colorado’s lands. Colorado Politics recently ran an opinion piece by the two highlighting how important our great outdoors to Colorado residents and our economy.  (Read the full piece here).

“Angling and other outdoor recreational opportunities are a huge part of what makes Colorado such a special place to live and work, but our abundant outdoor resources are not something we can take for granted. It takes continued work and investment to ensure that our parks and public lands, fish and wildlife, and recreational resources are managed effectively to provide great experiences for Coloradans and visitors to our state.”

Recently, new legislation has been introduced in the Colorado State government that ensures the funding of our public lands which fuel our outdoor economy. CTU members and industry leaders are speaking up in support.

Those legislative pieces are:

  1. Reauthorizing the Colorado Lottery, which all proceeds are invested back into parks, wildlife, and open space through Great Outdoors Colorado and funding to local governments statewide. (SB18-006 Extend Operation of State Lottery Division)

  2. Secure funding for the control of aquatic nuisance species such as quagga and zebra mussels. (HB18-1008 Mussel-free Colorado Act)

  3. Allow Colorado Parks and Wildlife to make a modest increase in fishing and hunting license fees to ensure sound fish and wildlife management. (SB18-143 Hunting, Fishing, and Parks for Future Generations Act) 

Tucker Ladd is owner of Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver and Frisco and a board member of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.

“There’s no free lunch, but history has shown that when Colorado invests in its remarkable outdoor resources, the people of our state and our economy benefit. Colorado anglers and businesses call on our legislators to be forward-thinking and make wise investments so that Coloradans can continue to enjoy world-class fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and other outdoor experiences and, through good stewardship, use those sustainable resources to support good jobs throughout the state.”

Investing in our outdoor resources is how Colorado continues to be a prime example of what it means to value our greatest asset: public lands. You can read the full Op-Ed here.

Contact your representative to support the SB18-143 Hunting, Fishing, and Parks for Future Generations Act that will have it’s hearing in front of the Finance committee tomorrow, February 13, 2018.


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