As part of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) mission to educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources, the agency has signed on as a Stewardship Partner with the Care for Colorado Coalition, founded by the Colorado Tourism Office and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
As a Stewardship Partner, CPW will share key messages and educational materials produced by the founding partner organizations aimed at encouraging both Colorado residents and visitors to be good stewards of the places they visit in the state. With recreation opportunities within our 41 state parks, local and federal cultural and historic sites, urban areas and waterways, trails and open spaces, outdoor experiences in Colorado are seemingly endless. But it takes stewardship of all of these resources to ensure they remain available for the enjoyment of future generations.
“Colorado Parks and Wildlife has a longstanding partnership with the Colorado Tourism Office, and have worked closely with Leave No Trace as we certified Roxborough State Park and Castlewood Canyon State Park as Gold Standard Sites, and built the blueprint to expand the program throughout our park system,” said Lauren Truitt, CPW Assistant Director of Information and Education. “This agreement formalizes our commitment to working with our partners and sharing the message that is all of our responsibility to carry forward the ethics of caring for the resources that make Colorado, Colorado.”
“Colorado’s incredible collection of state and national parks consistently ranks among the top reasons that our state holds such powerful attraction for visitors,” said Cathy Ritter, director of the Colorado Tourism Office. “Protecting these irreplaceable assets is in everyone’s best interest, especially in times like these when so many are seeking solace and inspiration in the outdoors. We applaud Colorado Parks and Wildlife for taking this step to deepen the impact of our longtime partnership.”
As part of CPW’s stewardship mission, working to educate Colorado travelers, residents and other stakeholders is an extremely effective way of encouraging all visitors and recreationists to play an active role in minimizing impacts to Colorado’s natural environment and irreplaceable natural resources. As part of the Care for Colorado Coalition, the agency hopes to amplify the seven Leave No Trace Principles and share that message and Colorado outdoor ethic with all travelers seeking adventure, peace and better physical and mental health in our state.
For more information on CPW’s management of conservation and recreation in the state, please visit cpw.state.co.us.
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