Colorado Parks and Wildlife looking for ideas to fund conservation

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking to start a conversation about funding for conservation.

This comes after the state has seen more population growth in recent years, so more and more people are using outdoor trails.

The agency wants to figure out how to get all outdoor users involved when it comes to supporting or funding them.

Some ideas floated around at a wildlife commission meeting in Crested Butte on Monday and Tuesday are parking fees and a possible sales tax increase.

“We're Americans, get creative. We can probably throw eight guys in a room and come up with a system to build a trail that doesn't wear out and doesn't require that much maintenance and still is open and everyone can enjoy it. Let's talk about how to make that happen instead of chasing after another sales tax,” said Chris Brown, the owner of Brown’s Bike Shop in Grand Junction.

There is no official proposal for a tax or even a fee increase. The agency said right now they're just looking for ideas.

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