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775F8D2DAABFF2DB87258AAE00632DFA Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SMART ACT PRESENTATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (EXCLUDING ECMC)

JOINT COMMITTEE COMMITTEE ON JOINT SENATE AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND HOUSE AGRICULTURE, WATER & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date Jan 24, 2024      
Location Old State Library



SMART Act Presentation from the Department of Natural Resources (excluding ECMC) - Committee Discussion Only


11:03:20 AM  
Dan Gibbs, Executive
Director, Department of Natural Resources (DNR), introduced his presentation.
He discussed the department's organization and gave staffing updates. He
gave an overview of the different divisions within the department, including
the Division of Mining, Reclamation, and Safety, Colorado Parks and Wildlife,
Colorado Water Conservation Board, Division of Water Resources (the State
Engineer's Office), State Land Board, and the Energy and Carbon Management
Commission.




   
11:20:43 AM  
Director Gibbs discussed DNR's wildly important goals: sustainable funding for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, balancing outdoor recreation with conservation, and water plan implementation. He presented information about the department's use of federal stimulus funds and about DNR's FY 2024-25 budget request. Director Gibbs discussed the department's legislative agenda and gave an update on the revenue from Keep Colorado Wild pass sales.
11:32:58 AM  
Director Gibbs provided updates on a variety of programs, including the Native Pollinating Insects Health Study, Strategic Wildfire Action Plan, Colorado Produced Water Consortium, and Colorado Gray Wolf Restoration. He discussed the public's reaction to the wolf introduction, and told the committee they are seeking feedback on the reintroduction process.
11:41:26 AM  
Director Gibbs responded to questions from the committee.
11:43:19 AM  
Jeff Davis, Director, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, answered questions from the committee.
11:45:52 AM  
Reid DeWalt, Assistant
Director for Aquatic, Terrestrial and Natural Resources
,
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, answered questions from the committee.
11:50:59 AM  
Mr. Davis, Director DeWalt, and Director Gibbs continued to answer questions from the committee regarding wolf restoration.
11:59:37 AM  
Mr. DeWalt displayed
the department's wolf activity map, which can be found here:
https://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/Wolves-Activity-Map.aspx.
He discussed the map with the committee.
12:17:22 PM  
Panelists continued to answer questions from the committee.
12:29:47 PM  
Questions continued.
12:36:33 PM  
Questions continued.
12:42:55 PM  
Rebecca Mitchell,
Colorado Commissioner, Upper Colorado River Commission,  answered
questions from the committee.  
12:51:46 PM  
Kelly Romero-Heaney,
Assistant Director for Water Policy, DNR, answered questions from the committee.
12:54:11 PM  
Commissioner Mitchell continued to answer questions on the Colorado River.
01:01:25 PM  
Director Gibbs clarified
his answer to an earlier question regarding news outlet notifications.






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