A conservation partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado and revenue generated from the sale of habitat stamps means more than $9 million is available in awards.
CPW Land Protection Specialist Matt Lucia, who coordinates CWHPP, has advice for applicants.
“Applicants are encouraged to contact their local CPW Area Wildlife Manager for assistance describing the wildlife and habitat values accurately and to discuss the merits of their proposal,” said Lucia.
Merit is based upon the applicants addressing one or more of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission’s priorities such as: big game winter range and migration corridors (emphasis on sagebrush, mountain shrub, pinyon-juniper, oakbrush, and aspen habitats), riparian areas and wetlands, hunting access, fishing access, or critical in-holdings within State Wildlife Areas.
PWC approves and issues final award decisions. Successful applicants will be notified following the November PWC meeting.
“Proposals are scored and ranked through a rigorous review process that evaluates strategic conservation impacts, biological significance, public benefits, and project feasibility,” added Lucia.
All application materials, including the proposal Instructions and the proposal form, are available at http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/LandWaterCWHPP.aspx. Email submissions to: Wildlife.RealEstateProposals@state.co.us. The submission will be confirmed with an email acknowledging receipt the proposal.
All conservation easement projects funded through the CWHPP must have an accompanying management plan agreed upon by the landowner and CPW prior to closing of the project. Landowners are encouraged to develop a clear vision of the future of their property prior to submitting their proposal.
“Applicants should consult their legal and financial advisors when contemplating any real estate transaction associated with the CWHPP,” recommends Lucia.
All projects involving conservation easements are required to be monitored annually. Under Colorado law, terms of the transaction become a matter of public record after the project is completed and closed. Applicants should be aware that after a project is closed, information about the transaction, including funding amounts, may be used by CPW for internal planning and public information purposes.
All real estate transactions in this program are subject to an appraisal to verify value.
CWHPP is a state-wide program that supports CPW’s mission by offering funding opportunities to private landowners who wish to voluntarily protect important wildlife habitats on their property, and/or provide sustainable wildlife-related recreational access to the public.
CWHPP is an incentive-based and voluntary program that utilizes conservation easements, access easements, and in limited circumstances, fee-title purchases to accomplish strategic wildlife conservation goals and/or public access goals. Priority is given to proposals for conservation easements and public-access easements over fee-title purchases (per CPW Policy and Title 33-4-102.7 C.R.S.)
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW's work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.
For more news about Colorado Parks and Wildlife go to: http://cpw.state.co.us
For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife go to: http://cpw.state.co.us.