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i_wrrc_2017a_2017-10-05t09:02:34z6 Hearing Summary

Date: 10/05/2017

Location: SCR 352


Background on Seaplanes and Colorado State Parks


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02:07 PM -- Background on Seaplanes and Colorado State Parks

Doug Vilsack, Legislative Liaison, Department of Natural Resources, introduced himself to the committee and gave a background of seaplane usage in the state. Currently, there is not a seaplane ban in Colorado waters, only limitations on seaplane use on water bodies managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Mr. Vilsack discussed concerns from CPW regarding the use of seaplanes on CPW reservoirs, including the high usage on the reservoirs and environmental factors. Mr. Vilsack discussed the Colorado State Parks budget shortfall and how the use of seaplanes would potentially affect the CPW budget. Mr. Vilsack responded to questions from the committee regarding the use of seaplanes and the increase of visitation at state parks. Mr. Vilsack discussed the CPW revenue cap, as it applies to the increased visitation.

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