Public lands aren't just part of Colorado, they're part of our state culture and they draw thousands of visitors and transplants every year.
Public land workers say our population growth and recreation numbers are far outpacing the amount of funding we have to put towards maintaining those public lands.
That is why they depend on volunteers. There can be a lot of confusion with different departments and different groups.
Chris Pipkin, the Outdoor Recreation Planner says Colorado's Statewide Stewardship Program creates more of a statewide resource for volunteers to find information about opportunities with multiple different agencies and locations throughout the state.
The groups also plan to streamline how they run volunteer projects and use three large scale stewardship projects to serve as examples