future funding of outdoor recreation and wildlife management


Colorado has long been a leader in innovative funding for recreation. The commission is interested in a larger conversation around long-term funding, with the understanding of changing demographics and increased pressure on Colorado’s recreation lands.

In partnership with Meridian Institute, Earth Economics assessed CPW’s potential revenue from new funding mechanisms including vehicle registration fees, excise taxes, and recreation user fees. This study aims to provide economic and policy analysis as well as user group perspectives to inform CPW’s ongoing funding conversation.

In the Media

Robyn Paulekas, of Meridian Institute, presented key findings, stakeholder preferences, and highlights of our CPW Future Funding Study to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Commission Meeting on November 15, 2018.

Center for American Progress. Policies to Boost State Outdoor Recreation Economies. June 16, 2019.