Guiding Principles


CWF’s Values and Guiding Principles

  1. Sustainable wildlife populations in healthy, natural habitats are important for their intrinsic values and for the health, enjoyment, and well-being of Colorado’s human society.
  2. An understanding of wildlife and its needs, based on valid scientific information, is an essential basis for sound public policies that will protect wildlife populations and habitat.
  3. Public policy that is specifically oriented toward wildlife and wildlife management should emphasize the welfare and perpetuation of the wildlife.  Public policies in areas such as land use, transportation, economic development, and outdoor recreation should, as far as practicable, be consistent with sound wildlife policy.
  4. Outdoor and wildlife-related recreational behavior should respect ethical principles as well as the law.
  5. Wildlife education programs that are based on scientific and ethical principles help provide a sense of place in nature for young people, which in turn will foster enlightened stewardship of natural resources.
  6. The tradition of ethical hunting and fishing is a valuable part of human culture and of Colorado’s heritage.  Properly regulated hunting and fishing is consistent with sound wildlife policy and provides important physical, educational, and esthetic benefits to the participants.
  7. The continued availability of public hunting and fishing opportunities will depend on the ethical behavior of sportsmen and sportswomen, and on an understanding by the general public of the benefits these pursuits provide to wildlife populations, habitat preservation, and the economy of Colorado.
  8. CWF’s credibility derives from its reliance on objective, well-researched, ecologically-sound science and expertise, and on the integrity of its board, staff, and policies.
  9. CWF needs to be adaptable and to represent diverse publics that use and enjoy wildlife and wildlife habitat.  We can best accomplish our mission by working within the system.

CWF’s board and staff have a duty to be responsible to members – to be financially accountable and to listen and inform – and a duty to accurately represent board decisions when representing CWF.

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