WHEREAS the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), in conjunction with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Wool Growers, sportspersons, and public land management agencies, have developed the Habitat Partnership Program (HPP) to address conflicts between big game and livestock over rangeland forage and fence and to assist CPW to achieve game management objectives; and
WHEREAS the Habitat Partnership Program has been codified in state statutes by the Colorado General Assembly (C.R.S. 33‑1‑110); and
WHEREAS the economic value of big game hunting in Colorado is nearly $1 billion annually, which is of critical importance to local Club 20 economies; and
WHEREAS the CPW funds the HPP through the dedication of 5% of Colorado’s big game license revenue which amounts to over $2.5 million annually; and
WHEREAS funding allocations and other matters are decided upon in sub‑regions around the state by local HPP committees which include at least three agricultural producers, federal public land management agencies, sportspersons and CPW; and
WHEREAS HPP has a long, successful track record, and has approved distribution management plans to address damages caused by big game; and
WHEREAS local HPP committees now exist in 19 sub‑regions of the state;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Club 20 supports the continuation of the Habitat Partnership Program and urges Western Slope agricultural producers and county governments concerned about the continuation of sustained agricultural production in their counties to be effectively involved in the Habitat Partnership Program.