Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will travel to Gunnison this month for its regular monthly meeting to be held Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Western State College’s Aspinall-Wilson Center, 909 E. Escalante Dr.

The Parks and Wildlife Commission typically has a light calendar for the August meeting and they will use the available time for a commissioner orientation, setting the calendar for future meetings and talking with members of the Gunnison community about local issues. The Wednesday afternoon session will include standard business items such as approving previous meeting minutes, updates from Commissioners and agency staff, a legal report and time for presentations from the public. Thursday’s all-day session will be a brainstorming session for the Commission to consider future meeting times and formats, and Commission goals and objectives.

This is only the second meeting for the newly-appointed Parks and Wildlife Commission. The new Commission was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper in July and fully integrates the merger of the Colorado State Parks Board and the Colorado Wildlife Commission that was approved by the legislature during the 2011 and 2012 sessions.

The only regulatory action item on the agenda is a decision on increasing hunting opportunity for scaup, a diving duck found in Colorado’s Central and Pacific flyways. Increases in the numbers of scaup have led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to allow for greater take of the species and Colorado hunting regulations are proposed for an adjustment in response to the change.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission sets regulations and policies for Colorado’s state parks and wildlife programs. To view the complete agenda for the August Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting, please see the Commission web page:http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/Archives/2012/Pages/August8-9_2012.aspx

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meets monthly and travels to communities around the state to facilitate public participation in its processes. The commission is scheduled to travel to Glenwood Springs, Durango, Yuma and Colorado Springs during the remainder of 2012.

Members of the public who are unable to attend Parks and Wildlife Commission meetings or workshops can listen to the proceedings online. 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.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado’s wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. To learn more about Colorado’s state parks, please see: http://www.parks.state.co.us. To learn more about Colorado’s wildlife programs, please see: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

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