ElkColorado Parks and Wildlife hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts are invited to participate at a regional sportsmen’s roundtable in Colorado Springs at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 18 at Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

The meeting is part of the ongoing statewide Sportsmen’s Roundtable process set up by CPW to assure that hunters, anglers and anyone who cares about wildlife can provide input, concerns and discuss issues with leaders of the agency.

Southeast Region Manager Dan Prenzlow will update the public on agency finances, the Western Slope mule deer strategy and the agency-wide strategic planning process now underway. Prenzlow also seeks feedback on the 2014 big game seasons, local fishing and other wildlife observations.

“It’s really important that people come out and attend this meeting,” Prenzlow said. “Public input plays a major role in making decisions regarding the management of the state’s natural resources.”

As part of the strategic planning process, CPW is gathering ideas from people throughout Colorado that will help guide the future for parks and wildlife. An online survey is now available at cpw.state.co.us/StrategicPlan.

Participants at the Roundtable will be asked to discuss ideas for the future of wildlife management and the agency’s budget issues, including recent budget cuts and ideas for raising revenues.

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The meeting will be attended by the southeast region representatives of the Roundtable group. CPW formed the statewide Roundtable in 2012, consisting of 24 people from throughout Colorado who are elected and appointed delegates from each of the state’s four wildlife management regions. The next Statewide Sportsmen’s Roundtable meeting is scheduled for Feb. 28, in Denver. Information gathered at the regional meeting in Colorado Springs will be presented to the statewide group at that time.

For more information, go to cpwstate.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Roundtable.aspx.