Craig briefs: Boat ramp opens today at Ridgway State Park
March 12, 2015
RIDGWAY — Boating season starts today at Ridgway State Park when the boat ramp opens at 8 a.m., according to a press release.
The Aquatic Nuisance Species inspection station also opens and inspectors will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day until next fall. Boaters are reminded that they must have their boats inspected before launching. Boats should arrive at the inspection station clean, drained and dry.
Life jacket regulations apply to all water craft, including paddle boards, kayaks and windsurfers. Boaters are also reminded to carry a noise-producing device on board and to update their boat registration. For more information about Ridgway State Park, call 970-626-5822.
Parks and Wildlife to conduct land audits
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting an audit of registered properties in the Landowner Preference Program, formerly the Priority Landowner Preference Program, in 2015, according to a news release.
Some landowners may receive letters to clarify or confirm details of their registered properties. If issues are found these landowner registrations will be corrected or removed from participation.
As announced in a September press release, Colorado Senate Bill 13-188 changed the CPW Priority Landowner Preference Program to the Landowner Preference Program effective July 1, 2014. The new program replaces all previous landowner preference systems.
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The program was created to give landowners a preference for hunting licenses to encourage private landowners to provide habitat that increases wildlife populations for the benefit of all hunters, discourage the harboring of game animals on private lands during public hunting seasons and relieve hunting pressure on public lands by increasing game hunting on private lands.
"One of the more significant changes made between the old and new program is increased oversight," Steve Znamenacek, the CPW district wildlife manager overseeing the program and its implementation, said in a statement. "One mechanism for enhanced oversight is the use of audits."
Participating landowners should keep in mind:
■ All grandfathered properties will be audited by July 1, 2016.
■ All properties will be audited at least once every five years.
■ If during the audit issues with the registration are found, landowners will be notified and registrations corrected or removed from participation.
CPW began audits of all registered properties in fall 2014 to ensure compliance with program property and animal-use requirements.
In order to apply for the program, private landowners must register deeded property of 160 contiguous acres or more with Parks and Wildlife by Dec. 1 to be eligible for the following year draw. All Priority Landowner Preference registrations that were active as of June 30, 2014, were transferred automatically into the Landowner Preference Program. For more information, go to http://www.cpw.state.co.us.
Daily Press accepting photo submissions
The Craig Daily Press welcomes photo submissions from community members. If you have cool photos you took while on vacation, camping or hunting, or even photos of your child's birthday party, submit them to editor@CraigDailyPress.com.
Photos must be at least 1 megabyte in size and clear, meaning blurry photos should not be submitted. Include the name of those in the photo along with the date and place where it was taken. The newspaper prefers recent and timely photos.