Denver, Colo. – The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will finalize 2012 regulations for turkey hunting and receive recommendations for improving the private landowner voucher program during its monthly meeting on Thursday Nov. 10 in Burlington.

In other business Thursday, commissioners will consider final approval of changes to the state’s river outfitter regulations to permit a wider range of acceptable personal flotation devices, adopt Consumer Price Index adjustments for non-resident big game licenses and receive a number of informational presentations regarding upcoming regulatory issues.

The meeting will be held at the Burlington Community Center, located at 340 S. 14th Street in Burlington.

Among the proposed changes in turkey regulations are several concerning management of wild turkeys on private lands that have begun to cause conflicts with agricultural producers, particularly in Yuma and Lincoln counties.

Also on Thursday’s agenda is a presentation of recommendations developed by a committee of landowners, sportsmen, outfitters and wildlife managers to improve the private landowner voucher program. More than 7 million acres is enrolled in the program, which encourages large private landowners to protect wildlife habitat and provide hunting opportunities, and plays an important role in management of Colorado’s big game During the next several months, the commission will consider the recommendations and solicit public testimony prior to taking action.

Friday’s Commission workshop will include a discussion with Yuma County Commissioners on how the county might partner with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to repurpose the former Bonny Lake State Park property following the draining of the lake this fall to comply with Colorado’s obligation to deliver water to Kansas and Nebraska under the Republican River Compact. Several other topics related to the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Division of Wildlife, including a continued discussion of the new agency’s mission statement and commission composition are also on Friday’s agenda.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is a 14-member board appointed by the governor. The Parks and Wildlife Commission sets regulations and policies for Colorado’s state parks wildlife programs.

The Commission meets monthly and travels to communities around the state to facilitate public participation in its processes, with the December meeting scheduled for Dec. 8 and 9 in Fort Collins. The complete agenda for the November Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting can be found on the Commission web page at:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/Archives/2011/Pages/Nov102011.aspx.

Members of the public who are unable to attend Commission meetings or workshops can listen to the proceedings through an Internet link. This opportunity is provided to keep constituents better informed about the development of regulations by the Board and how they are working with Parks and Wildlife staff to manage parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation programs administered by the agency.

To access the live audio feed during the meeting, click on the “listen to live audio” link at the bottom of the Commission webpage at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/Pages/Commission.aspx.

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