Rick Cables Named Director of CO Parks and Widlife

The Wildlife Commission and Parks Board selected Region 2 Regional Forester Rick Cables as the director of the new combined agency, Division of Parks and Wildlife.  His selection was approved (as required by the new statute) by the Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources.   The two bodies made their selection on June 10, following interviews of the final 3 candidates.  Previously on May 31, two panels of stakeholders and one employee panel interviewed the 3 finalists and provided their feedback to the Executive Director of DNR and the chairs of the Wildlife Commission and the Parks Board.

Congratulations to Rick.  CWF looks forward to meeting with the new director and working with him in his new role.  CWF has worked with Rick for several years during his tenure as Regional Forester.


Below is the press release issued by the Department of Natural Resources on June 13:







John W. Hickenlooper



Mike King

Executive Director



Department of Natural Resources

1313 Sherman Street, Room 718

Denver, Colorado 80203

Phone: (303) 866-3311

Fax: (303) 866-2115




Monday, June 13, 2011



Todd Hartman, 303-866-3311 x-8665,


Rick Cables named director

of new Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife


Rick Cables, Regional Forester for the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Region, has been

named the director of the newly created Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.


Cables will oversee the new division and its 880 employees beginning in July. The new division

unites the existing Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks, a merger approved by

state lawmakers and signed into law June 6 by Governor John Hickenlooper.


œRick Cables brings an accomplished career of conservation success, much of it in the West, to this

critical role leading our new Parks and Wildlife division, said Mike King, executive director of the

Colorado Department of Natural Resources. œWe are fortunate to have a person with his

conservation values, management talent and wealth of experience with western landscapes taking

the helm of this new agency.


œI feel privileged to be joining the remarkable professionals of the newly created Colorado Division

of Parks and Wildlife, Cables said. œTheir passion, professionalism and dedication to Colorado’s

wildlife and state parks make our wonderful state even more special. I’m very excited to pursue this

new challenge. To my friends in the U.S. Forest Service, an agency that I love, I thank you for the

experience and look forward to advancing Colorado’s conservation heritage.


Cables has been the Regional Forester of the Rocky Mountain Region since 2001. As Regional

Forester he has been responsible for the administration of over 22 million acres in 17 national

forests and 7 national grasslands, and cooperative efforts with state and private landowners in

Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and eastern Wyoming.