05-18-17 CPW News: Colorado will celebrate the inaugural Colorado Public Lands Day May 20

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Colorado will celebrate the inaugural Colorado Public Lands Day May 20

DENVER, Colo. – Get out and celebrate Colorado! Colorado Parks and Wildlife along with partners are celebrating the inaugural Colorado Public Lands Day, Saturday. Free events, stewardship projects and outdoor adventures are being offered across the state to highlight the importance of our public lands

Colorado is the first state in the nation to establish its own public lands day. In May 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed the bipartisan bill into law. The purpose of this new holiday is to celebrate the significant contributions that national, state, and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, outdoor recreation, the economy, and to Coloradans’ quality of life.

Colorado Public Lands Day will be an annual opportunity to give back to our lands and unify communities across the state. Not only do public lands conserve critical habitat for fish and wildlife, they also sustain a vibrant economic engine for Colorado. Whether it’s tourism, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking or dirt biking our public lands are a vital part of Colorado’s allure and natural beauty.

Some State Park events include:

  • 26th Annual Arkansas River Cleanup/Greenup
  • 33rd Annual Fishing tournament at Eleven Mile State Park
  • Boyd Lake State Park, Campfire Nights
  • Cheyenne Mountain State Park, National Kids to Parks Day
  • Steamboat Lake State Park, Guided Wildflowers Hike
  • Vega State Park, Archery Clinic

For event information visit the CPW website, cpw.co.us and search Public Lands Day.

Additional events can also be found at copubliclandsday.com.

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.