Wildlife area to honor late Sam Caudill | PostIndependent.com

Wildlife area to honor late Sam Caudill

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s newest state wildlife area, located along the Roaring Fork River at the Westbank boat access, is being renamed in memory of former state wildlife commissioner and Aspen character Sam Caudill.

A dedication and renaming ceremony for the Sam Caudill State Wildlife Area is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the boat access point just upstream from the old Westbank bridge, near the intersection of Garfield County roads 154 and 109.

The property was purchased by CPW with funds generated from license sales. It provides boating access to the Gold Medal waters of the Roaring Fork River in perpetuity. The property was previously leased.

Caudill was widely known as “the dean of Aspen architecture” from the 1960s to the 1990s, his designs blending in with Aspen’s surroundings. He died in 2007.

He served on the Colorado Wildlife Commission from 1975 to 1983 and was named chairman in 1978. He is credited for a law that allows Colorado citizens to contribute part of their tax return to the non-game and endangered species program.

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