Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation
In 1986, a group of concerned citizens, convened by then Governor Richard Lamm, recognized that Colorado's abundant and diverse wildlife makes an immense contribution to the quality of life we enjoy in the state, and to its economy. At the same time, they recognized that wilderness habitats face the greatest threats from development and that state funds for preserving wildlife, which have historically come from hunting and fishing license fees, had declined.
Recognizing that future public funding would probably be insufficient to sustain and manage the state's wildlife, the group made a series of recommendations aimed at preserving wildlife across Colorado into the 21st century and beyond. Among those suggestions was the creation of a foundation whose purpose would be collecting and disbursing funds to benefit wildlife. Thus, in 1989 the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation was formed to work in cooperation with state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, multinational corporations, and the public to provide funding and resource support services for wildlife and habitat conservation projects statewide.
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