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Public access for wildlife-related recreation on trust lands is made possible
through the Public Access Program, a lease agreement between the State
Land Board and CPW. CPW funds its 1 million acre lease through hunting and
fishing license fees and the ¡®Future Generations Act¡¯ approved by the 2018
¡°I¡¯m thrilled that hunters and anglers will have more access to state trust
lands in Colorado this season,¡± said Dan Prenzlow, CPW director. ¡°Hunters
and anglers are a critical foundation to wildlife conservation. They make
significant contributions to our local economy, especially rural economies. It¡¯s
an added benefit that our Public Access Program helps fund Colorado school
Trust lands enrolled in the Public Access Program are open to a variety of
wildlife-related uses, primarily hunting and fishing. For hunter safety, wildlife
protection, and the integrity of the land, the public must follow the rules and
regulations at each property enrolled in the program. Unauthorized activity
on trust lands is subject to enforcement.
The public may view land enrolled in the Public Access Program using CPW¡¯s
Hunting ATLAS at:
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continue looking at more opportunities
to increase access and help relieve over-
crowded areas,¡± said Governor Jared Polis.
The Public Access Program is one of several
ways hunters and anglers can get out in
Colorado. Colorado spans 66.6 million acres
and 23 million acres of public land is avail-
able for hunting.
Additionally, three million acres of land in
Colorado are called trust lands and have
been held in a trust since statehood in
1876 for the purpose of funding public
The State Land Board earns money for
schools from trust lands by leasing the land
for a variety of purposes, including hunting
and recreation.
Trust land leases have earned $1.4 bil-
lion for Colorado public schools in the past
decade and have been the primary funding
source for the Department of Education¡¯s
Building Excellent Schools Today program.
1st Major Expansion Of Public Lands Access in 26yrs
State looks to increase access to help relieve overcrowded areas
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Colorado hunting access expands
for 2019 season; State officials approve
major expansion of Colorado¡¯s
¡®Public Access Program¡¯
Telluride, CO: The Colorado Parks & Wildlife
(CPW) Commission, on July 18, unanimously
approved a multi-year expansion of the Public
Access Program that will include up to 100,000
acres added to the program by the fall 2019
hunting season.
The Public Access Program provides limited,
seasonal hunting and fishing opportunities on
Colorado trust land across the state.
¡°I congratulate the Parks and Wildlife Com-
mission and the State Land Board for expand-
ing access to Colorado state lands,¡± said Dan
Gibbs, Executive Director of the Department
of Natural Resources, ¡°The expansion of the
Public Access Program passed by CPW today
and the State Land Board earlier this month
will grow the program by more than 20% to
585,000 acres over the next year. Colorado
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is a growing state with increased demand for recreation, hunting and
angling throughout Colorado. In the coming years, Governor Polis and the
Department of Natural Resources will continue to seek additional access
opportunities to encourage Coloradans to experience, explore and enjoy
the outdoors.¡±
Today¡¯s vote is the first step in a multi-year effort to double the size of the
Public Access Program to nearly one million acres. This is the first major
expansion of the program since it began in 1993.
In August, CPW will announce the locations of the new lands enrolled in
the Public Access Program for fall 2019¡¯s hunting season.
The Public Access Program currently includes 480,000 acres, the major-
ity of which are located in Northwestern Colorado where there is prime
big game hunting. CPW will enroll lands in the plains of Eastern Colo-
rado where bird hunting and small game hunting is popular to provide a
broader array of opportunities on trust lands.
¡°Colorado is known for our incredible natural beauty, and I¡¯m committed
to expanding the public¡¯s access to and enjoyment of our treasured state
and federal land. CPW¡¯s Public Access Program for sportsmen and women
is growing just in time for the upcoming 2019 hunting season. We will
Expansion of the Public Access Program will include up
to 100,000 acres added by the fall 2019 hunting season.