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¡°Through management of state
parks and abundant wildlife
species, CPW helps to con-
tribute billions in economic
horsepower to rural and urban
communities,¡± Broscheid said.
¡°These places, our state parks,
wildlife and their habitat are a
vital part of Colorado¡¯s heart-
beat, they have shaped our
past, they shape our lives
today, and we must begin
to shape our future or it will
shape us.
We must ask ourselves: How
do we want our future to
look?¡±
For more information on the
Future Generations Bill please
visit the CPW website at: cpw.
state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/
Future-Generations-Act.aspx
Nature & Wildlife
2018 February/March
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
* February 15 - Partial Solar Eclipse, a
partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon
covers only a part of the Sun, a partial so-
lar eclipse can only be safely observed with
a special solar filter or by looking at the
Sun¡¯s reflection, eclipse will only be visible
in parts of Chile, Argentina and
Antarctica.
* March 2 - Full Moon, this full moon
occurs at 00:51 UTC, this full moon was
known by early Native American tribes as
the Full Worm Moon because this was the
time of year when the ground would begin
to soften and the earthworms would
reappear, this full moon has also been
known as the Full Crow Moon, the Full
Crust Moon, the Full Sap Moon and the
Lenten Moon.
* March 15 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern
Elongation, the planet Mercury reaches
greatest eastern elongation of 18.4 de-
grees from the Sun, this is the best time to
view Mercury since it will be at its highest
point above the horizon in the evening sky,
look for the planet low in the western sky
just after sunset.
* March 20 - March Equinox, the Equinox
occurs at 16:15 UTC, the Sun will shine
directly on the equator and there will be
nearly equal amounts of day and night
throughout the world, this is also the
first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the
Northern Hemisphere and the first day of
fall (autumnal equinox) in the Southern
Hemisphere.
* March 31 - Full Moon, Blue Moon, this
full moon occurs at 12:37 UTC, since this
is the second full moon in the same month,
it is sometimes referred to as a blue moon,
this year is particularly unique in that
January and March both contain two full
moons while February has no full moon
Feb
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7th
15th
23rd
Visible planets:
[ Feb ][ Mar ]
Mercury -
[
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][ dusk ]
Venus
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[
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][ dusk ]
Mars
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[ morn ][ morn ]
Jupiter
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[ morn ][ morn ]
Saturn
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[ morn ][ morn ]
Provide quality infrastructure at CPW proper-
ties by completing much needed construction and
maintenance.
To achieve these objectives, the bill adjusts fees
for hunting and fishing licenses and parks passes,
including increasing most multi-day and annual
resident hunting and fishing license prices by
$8.00. For example, the cost of an annual fish-
ing license will increase from $26 to $33 and the
cost of an elk tag will increase from $45 to $53.
In addition, the bill reduces annual fishing license
prices for 16 and 17-year-olds to $8, and allows
the Parks and Wildlife Commission to implement
other license discounts to introduce a new
generation of hunters and anglers to the
outdoors.
The bill also allows CPW to raise state park en-
trance fees, but caps any proposed increases at
$1 in any year for a daily pass and $10 in any
year for an annual pass. Finally, the bill ensures
accountability by requiring annual reporting of
program expenditures made with increased fees
and the impact of those expenditures on the
achieving CPW¡¯s 2025 goals and objectives.
CPW has cut or defunded 50 positions and re-
duced $40 million from its wildlife budget since
2009 to address funding shortfalls. Some of the
cuts include elimination of the Big Game Access
Program, cuts to Aquatic Nuisance Species fund-
ing, diminished investment in capital improvement
projects, and reductions in grants for Fishing is
Fun, wetlands, boating and habitat protection, as
well as deferred maintenance on its 110 dams.
¡°Recreation needs conservation, otherwise we
have no place to play, and conservation needs
recreation. Our wild spaces, our wildlife and natu-
ral resources need people to care enough to invest
in them for the long term,¡± said CPW Director Bob
Broscheid, ¡°All Coloradans benefit from healthy
parks and abundant wildlife, they bring us a sense
of place and purpose.¡±
Pressure continues to mount on our natural re-
sources as more people visit and move to Colo-
rado for our quality of life and outdoor recreation
areas. CPW is the state¡¯s leading agency for pro-
viding recreational venues for residents and tour-
ists and the agency is a national and international
leader in conservation management and research.
Mar
1st/31st 9th
17th
24th
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22 More Miles Of Track
¡°We are thankful for the opportunity to work with
the BLM on this important project,¡± said Dani
Gregory, president, Southwest Colorado Cycling
Association. ¡°Expanding the continuous, epic flow
single track is a perpetual resource for the local
and visiting riders and our community as a whole.
SWCCA members are anxious to help build the
trails and ride them.¡±
Trail work is scheduled to begin in spring 2018
by SWCCA, Southwest Youth Conservation Corps
and trail volunteers working with the BLM. Con-
struction will generally progress from south to
north, with highest priority given to trails between
Ledges and L roads.
Annually, the Tres Rios Field Office contributes
over $94 million to the local economy with more
than $40 million earned from recreational activi-
ties on BLM managed lands in southwest Colorado.
To learn more about the project go to:
go.usa.gov/xnPDD
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of
public land located primarily in 12 Western states,
including Alaska. The BLM also administers
700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate
throughout the nation. (source: www.blm.gov)
BLM Expands Phil¡¯s World Trail System
DOLORES, CO: The Bureau of Land Manage-
ment Tres Rios Field Office released a deci-
sion today to expand Phil¡¯s World, a nation-
ally recognized mountain bike trail system six
miles east of Cortez.
The decision includes developing more than
22 miles of sustainable single track, non-mo-
torized trails and adding two new trailheads
and parking areas.
¡°Phil¡¯s World is one of the top 20 mountain
biking destinations on BLM-managed lands,¡±
said Connie Clementson, Tres Rios Field Man-
ager. ¡°Its proximity to Cortez also makes it
an ideal place to implement the BLM Recre-
ation Strategy, which emphasizes connect-
ing communities while facilitating access to
America¡¯s backyard.¡±
The BLM partnered with the Southwest Colo-
rado Cycling Association in developing this
project. The partnership resulted in trails de-
signed to International Mountain Biking Asso-
ciation standards ensuring natural resources,
cultural sites and raptors are protected.