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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is pleased to share this year’s annual 2022 Future Generations Act Report and the Strategic Plan Progress Report.

CPW staff is devoted to maintaining the agency’s important mission while also exploring innovative ways to accomplish our strategic goals so programs can evolve with the growing needs of our customers.

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The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting in Gateway, Keystone Policy Center presented the “Final Summary of Recommendations for the Colorado Wolf Restoration and Management Plan” from the Stakeholder Advisory Group.

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Christmas tree permits for the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands are available to purchase online through Recreation.gov. Permits for the Leadville, Salida, San Carlos, South Park and South Platte Ranger Districts are currently on sale. Sales for the Pikes Peak Ranger District will begin Nov. 25

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted to approve revisions to personal floatation device types to match U.S. Coast Guard changes during their November meeting on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17 and 18.

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Only 5 months after Colorado Parks and Wildlife certified a new state record brook trout for the first time in 75 years, the record was again reestablished by Matt Smiley of Lake City.

Smiley caught an 8-pound, 9-ounce brookie on Oct. 8 from Waterdog Lake, located on the east side of Lake City in Hinsdale County within the Uncompahgre National Forest.

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The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will discuss revising personal flotation device types to align with changes made by the U.S. Coast Guard during its meeting Nov. 17-18.

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With the onset of November and the decline of warmth, fly fishing often slides down the list of things to do. Cold water and shorter days cause the trout to shift behaviors and the angler to be a bit choosier on when to rig up and get out there.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking qualified volunteers to support their elk dispersal project in Great Sand Dunes National Park and National Wildlife Refuges in the San Luis Valley. CPW, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are implementing ungulate management plans and are providing opportunities for the public to participate in supporting elk distribution.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) is holding its eighth annual photo contest for nature photos taken in the Upper Arkansas River Valley, as an opportunity for local photographers to share their creative work and support GARNA. Photos must be from within the Upper Arkansas Valley Watershed, Leadville to Cañon City.

The Bighorn Springs State Wildlife Area conservation easement required of Blue Triton Brands to maintain its 1041 status is progressing and is estimated to be complete by the Dec. 31 deadline.

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President Joe Biden visited Camp Hale in October to dedicate the historic site as the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument, permanently protecting 53,804 acres of land where the famed 10th Mountain Division lived and trained during World War II. 

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resident Joe Biden visited Camp Hale in October to dedicate the historic site as the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument, permanently protecting 53,804 acres of land where the famed 10th Mountain Division lived and trained during World War II. 

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New benches and natural fencing will be placed at popular recreation areas in the towns of Salida, Poncha Springs and Buena Vista this month, as the Southwest Conservation Corp completes a project funded by Great Outdoors Colorado.

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The iconic perception many have of fly fishing is the rhythmic to-and-fro motion of casting a fly. Hypnotic in its timing and grace, it was the first thing I recognized as a youth and it attracted me to the sport. It helped that there was often a fish on the end of the angler’s line after I …

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The U.S. Forest Service held a public meeting in Buena Vista Monday to talk about resuming the prescribed burn near Trout Creek in Fourmile.

“It’s a fire adapted ecosystem that has been subjected to prolonged fire control, so there is a lot of fuel on the forest floor ready to burn,” Forest Service Salida District ranger J. Perry Edwards said. “We need to be doing more of this, not less. Otherwise conditions will become dangerous, promoting large scale wildfire conditions or an unhealthy forest ecosystem.”

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As the aspen trees start to change colors, Colorado’s vibrant “leaf-peeping” season is kicking into high gear.

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Driving along the stretch over Monarch Pass of U.S. 50, the view includes the results of fire mitigation work of felled spruce beetle-infested trees.

The methods of dealing with the trees and terrain look very different on either side of the Continental Divide and between the San Isabel and Gunnison national forests.

The Buena Vista Hunter Education Association offers one class in the fall and one in the spring. This fall’s online class involves registering for the conclusion class as well as taking the online class and tests. The conclusion class will be Sunday, Oct. 9.

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Fishing lines flew into the air at McPhelemy Park’s Town Lake during the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby hosted by the Buena Vista Optimist Club, the Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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The town of Buena Vista will begin a trail project later this fall to address erosion, safety concerns, congestion and additional issues on the popular Whipple Trail, which begins on the east side of the town bridge over the Arkansas River.

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The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce will host the Fall Color Tour for its 21st anniversary on Sept. 20-24.

The Fall Color Tour will have participants ride along a trail of their choice without a guide as they are allowed to ride at their own pace.

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High Rocky Riders club vice-president Steve Wright presents a check for $1,000 to Marcus Trusty, founder of Colorado Off-Road Enterprises. Trusty founded CORE in 2016, he said, to do something positive for outdoor riders. HRR’s “club motto is ‘Stay the Trail’ and we appreciate all the work t…

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This photo was taken the afternoon of Aug. 2, near the top of Cottonwood Pass. It highlights several types of our Colorado wildflowers and our recurring afternoon clouds.

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Chaffee County has seen an increase in visitors to public lands in the past 5 years.

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Chaffee County Search and Rescue–North saved two climbers trapped above treeline as storms rolled through Sunday afternoon, Aug. 14.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association’s annual fundraiser and celebration of 26 years of nature education and stewardship will begin at 5 p.m. until the stars come out Thursday, Sept. 1, at River Runners south of Buena Vista.

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The eighth of August, 6:57 a.m. – most Mondays, a fishing guide’s hands are doing the familiar tasks of tying knots and prepping gear for the day’s coming adventure.

This first Monday of August, however, finds me at the keyboard processing the excursions and events of the past weeks of fishing/guiding.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife provided an update and clarifying the continuing process of developing a Colorado Gray Wolf Restoration and Management Plan per state law (C.R.S. 33-2-105.8).

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Chaffee County Search and Rescue–North responded to the aid of a hiker at 13,340 feet on the side of Mount Yale Thursday evening.

The hiker was reported to be suffering from altitude sickness and was not feeling well July 21, Search and Rescue-North reported on its Facebook page.

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Arkansas River Outfitters Association members once again welcome the innovative Voluntary Flow Management Program, which began this month.

The VFMP better manages water release on the Arkansas River to meet multiple needs on the river, including recreational boating and fishery health.

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Long summer days, precious in number, feature access to some of my favorite fishing spots.

Living in the Upper Arkansas River Valley, in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, the only fault of the summer fishing season is that it is simply too short.

With so many extraordinary choices, how do you decide?

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Chaffee Recreation Adopters will host a cleanup event in partnership with Game Trail residents on Wednesday, July 27, in the North Cottonwood Creek drainage west of Buena Vista.

Event participants will clean up public recreation areas along CR 365, the main access to the Silver Creek, Harvard Lakes and North Cottonwood Creek trailheads.

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Nearly 30 portable toilets appeared at more than a dozen trailheads and popular recreation areas in Chaffee County, part of a Keep it Clean initiative by the Chaffee Recreation Council.

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Gov. Jared Polis was joined by local and state leaders, legislators, first responders and local forest mitigation groups Tuesday in Evergreen to announce multi-million dollar funding boosts.

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Some are fishing and the trout are looking up! Following a hasty, short-lived runoff season, the Arkansas River and other nearby streams find themselves in the thick of many an angler’s favorite season.

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Gerry Knapic taught a class of 10 people both old and young in the basics of how to tie, cast and bait a hook for fly fishing at McPhelemy Park on Friday.

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DENVER - Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s 2022 - 2023 OHV Trail Grant funding award recommendations have been approved for $6.23 million to fund 60 trail projects across Colorado.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public input until July 3 about its draft 10-year plan to manage the Arkansas River bighorn sheep herd that ranges from near Buena Vista and Salida to Cañon City and Pueblo West.

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Another sign of progress toward achieving the goals of the Chaffee County Community Wildfire Protection Plan was realized when the Envision Forest Health Council, the National Forest Foundation and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies jointly secured $305,700 in grant funds to reduce the risk of …

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J.T. Shaver, forester with Colorado State Forest Service, presented the 2021 report on the health of the Colorado forest to Chaffee County commissioners at their work session June 6.

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In this era of political discord, news driven upheaval, and assorted fears of our choosing, a little therapeutic recreation can go a long way to settle us down.

My preferred outlet has been fly fishing. For decades, it has been a reliable stress reliever and all around great way to spend time out of my self and the trap of time.

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DENVER – With visitation to Colorado trails expected to increase over the holiday weekend and beyond, a group of eight federal, state and county land managers remind visitors to plan ahead before heading to public lands.

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The Colorado State Land Board designated 14 new campsites on its 3,400-acre parcel in the Fourmile Travel Management Area in Chaffee County. A pandemic-driven surge in outdoor recreation resulting in resource damage prompted the project.

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Browns Creek Alliance, a Chaffee Recreation Adopters group, is hosting a clean-up day at 9 a.m., Monday, May 16, at the popular Browns Creek/Raspberry Gulch dispersed camping and recreation area west of Nathrop, at the base of Mount Antero.