A law requiring people using state lands to buy a habitat stamp has passed in the Colorado House of Representatives after a spirited debate. If it passes the Senate the bill will require people using state lands for recreation as well as hunting and fishing to buy the $10 stamp, which would be used for wildlife habitat improvements.
In addition, House Bill 1266 will raise most hunting and fishing license fees anywhere from an extra $5 for a fall turkey license to $100 for exotic big games species. House Agriculture Committee members heard a variety of comments for and against the bill before it reached the floor of the house.
The fee and stamp increase is expected to add $6-7 million to the Division of Wildlife's budget to be used for conservation easements for wildlife or outright purchases of land to protect wildlife habitat from development.
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