CWF’s Values, Guiding Principles and Advocacy Action Areas

  1. Maintaining sustainable wildlife populations in healthy, natural habitats with access to their migration corridors, that are essential  for their intrinsic value as well as for the health, enjoyment, and well-being of all people.
  2. That outdoor recreational opportunity and wildlife-related policies should respect and value conservation, community diversity, equality and inclusion, ethical principles and  state and federal law in their development.
  3. That an understanding of wildlife and their needs, based on valid scientific information, is an essential basis for sound public policies that will protect wildlife populations and habitats, and support the interdependent needs of people and wildlife.
  4. Public policy that is specifically oriented toward wildlife and wildlife management should emphasize the welfare and perpetuation of the wildlife.  Public policies in areas such as land use, transportation, economic development, and outdoor recreation should, as far as practicable, be consistent with sound wildlife management policy.
  5. Wildlife education programs that are based on scientific and ethical principles help provide a sense of place in nature for young people of all communities, which in turn will foster enlightened stewardship of natural resources.
  6. The tradition of ethical hunting and fishing is a valuable part of human culture and of Colorado’s heritage.  Properly regulated hunting and fishing is consistent with sound wildlife policy and provides important physical, educational, and esthetic benefits to the participants.
  7. The continued availability of public hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation opportunities will depend on the ethical behavior of participants, and on an understanding by the general public of the benefits these pursuits provide to wildlife populations, habitat preservation, and the economy of Colorado.
  8. The credibility CWF derives from its reliance on objective, well-researched, ecologically-sound science and expertise, and on the diversity and integrity of its Board, staff, and policies.
  9. CWF leadership needs to be adaptable and should be representative of and relevant to the communities we work with that use and enjoy wildlife and wildlife habitat.  We can best accomplish our mission by our continued commitment to collaboration. 
  10. CWF Board members and staff have a duty to be responsible to CWF members, to fulfill their Board responsibilities, to listen to, inform and accurately represent the Board decisions when representing CWF to the general public.

Colorado Wildlife Federation Advocacy Involvement Areas

  • Responsible and sustainable funding for wildlife and fisheries management
  • Protection of state and federally managed public lands
  • Emphasis on recruitment of a growing diversity of youth and women to Colorado’s hunting and fishing heritage
  • Adequate stream flows and water quality for Colorado cold water and warm water fish species
  • Improved sportspersons access to public lands managed by USFS, BLM and Colorado State Land Board
  • Science-based management of natural resources in Colorado
  • Support for landowners and sportspersons working cooperatively for wildlife Encouragement of environmentally responsible outdoor recreation
  • Affordability to the public of hunting and fishing
  • Fair chase tenets in fishing, hunting and (all) outdoor recreation
  • Protection of threatened and endangered species and “species of greatest conservation need” in the Colorado Wildlife Action Plan
  • Increased application of the Land and Water Conservation Fund for wildlife and fisheries habitat enhancements, migration corridor protection, and hunting and fishing access
  • Hunting, fishing and conservation organizations working together on issues impacting natural resources
  • Recreational shooting ranges, especially new options and amenities on public lands
  • More public access through private lands
  • Public input opportunity on wildlife and fisheries management
  • Focus on the resource as the highest priority in wildlife and fisheries stakeholder interests

CWF’s board and staff have a duty to be responsible to members – to be financially accountable and to listen and inform – and a duty to accurately represent board decisions when representing CWF.