The public benefits generated by Colorado's Ranching for Wildlife program are significant.
Despite these successes, critics complain that ranching for wildlife programs constitute an unlawful privatization of wildlife, (120) and that allowing private landowners to profit from public wildlife is likely to "destroy the basic policies by which North America's system of wildlife conservation operates.
Secondly, any transfers of ownership or delegations of management authority accomplished by ranching for wildlife programs satisfy the public trust doctrine's requirement of advancing the public interest.
In sum, landowner incentive programs such as ranching for wildlife overcome the split estate issues by aligning the incentives of private landowners with the public's interest in wildlife--they "harmonize the public's interest in sustaining wildlife populations with the landowner's desire to manage wildlife on his or her property.
KIM RANCH LOCATION KIM, IN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY RANCH PRESIDENT GARY CAMPION TOTAL ACRES 109,741 CURRENT USES CATTLE, RANCHING FOR WILDLIFE
PROGRAM LAND VALUE N/A Kim Ranch is a conglamerate of properties held by serveral owners.
Ranching for Wildlife is what keeps Trinchera intact today, just as it keeps intact similar ranches.
Prior to Ranching for Wildlife, private ranches hosted hunts, but not for the big dollars they now earn.
Indeed, Ranching for Wildlife has given ranchers incentives to reintroduce wild species to their lands.
Since 1986, Ranching for Wildlife has spread throughout Colorado, in large part because both hunters and regulators realize its value in keeping wildlife habitat intact.
Colorado Division of Wildlife; Skills clinics and seminars, Ranching for Wildlife
The Massey family of Meeker operates Northwest Colorado Ranching for Wildlife (NWCRFW), hunting one block of 12,000 acres owned by Colowyo Coal Company and another 13,000-acre tract owned by the Cottonwood Land Company.
For more information about Colorado's RWF program, contact Ranching for Wildlife, Division of Wildlife, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303/297-1192), e-mail RFW coordinator Jerry Apker at Jerry.