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9/29/2003
Division of Wildlife

WILDLIFE COMMISSIONER MEETING IN LA JARA

Commissioner Olive Valdez to meet with constituents Oct. 15

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Colorado Wildlife Commissioner Olive Valdez will host an open meeting Oct. 15 to hear public input on a number of wildlife issues. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Centauri High School, 17891 U.S. Highway 285 in La Jara. La Jara is approximately 15 miles south of Alamosa on Highway 285.

“This meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to talk about wildlife issues that concern them, and find out whether or not such issues can be addressed by the Colorado Wildlife Commission,” Valdez said. “Of specific interest will be discussion about hunting and fishing on state owned lands around La Jara.”

Valdez said her constituents are worried the state will lease public property west of La Jara Reservoir to entities that could close it off to public access. Residents oppose such plans, noting the land has been a rich source of winter elk and deer meat supplies to generations of Coloradans. In addition, residents cite easy access to the land by the disabled, senior citizens, and other hunters.

“For ages and ages, this has been something that folks have regarded as their own,” Valdez said. “The main thing is to bring everyone together and talk things over—which is what I see these meetings as accomplishing: a good, accurate information exchange.”

The Colorado Wildlife Commission is an 11-member board appointed by the governor. The Commission sets Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) regulations and policies for hunting, fishing, watchable wildlife, and nongame, threatened and endangered species. It also makes decisions about buying or leasing property for habitat and public access and approves the DOW’s annual budget proposals and long-range plans.

Commission members are unpaid volunteers who represent five different districts in Colorado. Olive Valdez represents District 2 in southern Colorado.

 

 

 

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