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Colorado Department of Law — Annual Report 2009

revenues and moneys provided by the Great Outdoor Colorado Trust Fund.

  • Advised and assisted the Division of Wildlife in responding to the threats posed to state wildlife resources from oil and gas development on federal lands within Colorado that also provide critical wildlife habitat for game and threatened and endangered species, including the development of cooperative agreements with oil and gas companies and best management practices that otherwise assist the companies in avoiding or minimizing impacts to state wildlife resources.

  • Advised and assisted the Division of Wildlife in the development and implementation of a new five-year season structure for big game hunting, the major revenue generating activity for the Division, which will control big game hunting by residents and nonresidents in Colorado over the next five years. Revenues from the sale of big game hunting licenses provide the majority of revenues supporting all state fish and wildlife management programs.

  • In two separate district court actions, defended the Division of Wildlife’s interest in maintaining public hunting access to public and private lands located near or adjacent to areas being developed for large lot or ranchette home sites. Some residents of these areas have sought to close neighboring private and public lands to hunting despite the absence of any discernable threat to public safety generally or to the residents specifically from such hunting activity.

  • Assisted in the implementation of a regulatory program by the Division of Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation to address increasing threats to state wildlife and recreational resources from aquatic nuisance species. Aquatic nuisance species management continues to be an issue of critical national importance as problems with such exotic nonnative species continue to expand.

  • Advised and assisted the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation as it undertook a major re-structuring of programs, personnel and financing in responding to and complying with an extensive performance

audit requested by the Department of Natural Resources. Problems with the past administration of state parks programs continue to be identified by the new leadership at the Division, which require extensive assistance to resolve, including addressing issues raised by the audit regarding the Division use of moneys provided by the Great Outdoor Colorado Trust Fund.

  • Advised and assisted the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation as it implemented significant budget cuts related to the recent economic downturn that required significant reduction in parks services and partial closure of some state parks.

  • Advised and assisted the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation on responding to requests to develop mineral resources underlying some state parks that are owned by the Division and in responding to the threats posed to state parks from development of mineral resources owned by third parties directly adjacent to and in some cases underlying existing state parks.

  • Advised and assisted the State Board of Land Commissioners on general management of the trust assets it holds for the benefit of K-12 education, which over the past year generated approximately $60 million dollars of net trust income to support public education in Colorado. The SLB holds approximately 3 million acres of land in fee title and 4 million acres of mineral interest, which generates significant demand for transactional legal services and the resolution of disputes regarding such transactions.

  • Assisted the State Board of Land Commissioners in resolving disputes involving development agreements or leases of State Land Board properties, including development of the former Lowry Bombing Range and properties leased to National Hog Farms.

Air, Land and Water In 2009, attorneys:

  • Assisted the Colorado Department of Public

Health and Environment’s Air Pollution

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