GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - Colorado Parks and Wildlife is forming regional sportsmen's caucuses and the agency is inviting all active hunters and anglers from the northwest region to meet and discuss wildlife issues with managers, biologists and agency officials at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Clarion Hotel, 755 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction.
In addition to the wildlife-related discussion, attendees will select two delegates to represent the region's wildlife concerns at the newly formed Sportsmen's Roundtable to be held in Denver next month.
The roundtable will provide hunters and anglers from the four regions of the state with direct access to agency officials, including wildlife commissioners
"We have always had forums for public input, but this is a formal method for stakeholders to voice their ideas, opinions and concerns early in the decision-making process," said Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde. "This gives our agency valuable input from our constituents that is critical for our wildlife management decisions and goals."
Although any member of the public can attend and provide input at the local caucuses, delegates and members of the Sportsmen's Roundtable must be licensed and active anglers or hunters. All participants in the roundtable must commit to attend the biannual regional caucuses and Sportsmen's Roundtable meetings and serve a two-year term.
The Sportsmen's Roundtable will consist of 24 members - 16 statewide members and two delegates from each of the four regions.
Statewide members are selected through an application process. Any licensed and active hunter or anglers interested in applying for a statewide position can visit: wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/Pages/Roundtable.aspx. The application deadline is Feb. 15.