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Habitat Stamp Lifted for Non-Hunters and Anglers (I.E. Climbers!)

Since being introduced in 2006, the Habitat Stamp program has raised $3 million a year, with these funds being allocated towards wildlife habitat conservation. As climbers, you may have noticed the bright red letters entering the 420's climbing area "Habitat Stamp Required" that appeared less than a year ago. Many of you were aware of this and were not hesitant to purchase your Colorado Habitat Stamp for a fee of $10.25 (with $0.25 going towards Search and Rescue). Senate Bill 235, signed by Governor Ritter in early June, 2009 effectively increased Habitat Stamp costs for certain users, while eliminating the $10 fee required for non-hunters and anglers to enter a state wildlife area, who were typically not buying a Habitat Stamp. This effectively means that climbers are no longer required to purchase the stamp to enter the 420's and other areas the stamp was required in the Poudre Canyon and other climbing areas throughout Colorado. If you are an angler or hunter, expect to pay an extra $5 the next time you decide to renew or purchase your Habitat Stamp. Bill 235, which extends the Habitat Stamp fee into 2013, also created a new Colorado Wildlife Passport which will be available for up to $25 for "non-consumptive users." This is good news for the climbing user group, as we tend to be concerned with the land we are using and the overall sustainability of our wildlife areas. Tom Remington, director of the Division of Wildlife states that "habitat loss is a really significant problem for a state like Colorado that's growing as rapidly as Colorado is, [and] It's estimated that 3 million acres of rural land will be developed by 2030." For this reason alone, "conservation groups are working on ways to market the passport and get nonhunters to participate more in land-conservation programs" (www.durangoherald.com). More information concerning the Colorado Wildlife Passport can be found by following the previous link. On a related note, a Northern Colorado Climber's Coalition board member was recently in the 420's climbing area where he noticed random bits and pieces of climber trash. Please respect the areas that we are fortunate to have access to as climbers by leaving no trace. If you happen to come across any discarded cigarette butts, climbing tape, or other erroneous trash, do your part and pack it out.