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Species Conservation Trust Fund

The native Species Conservation Trust Fund (SCTF) was created in 1998, pursuant to HB 98-1006 (C.R.S. 24-33-111). After its initial creation, the General Assembly expanded the SCTF to cover studies and programs dedicated to recovering species listed as threatened and endangered under state law; recovering and protecting federal candidate species; conducting scientific studies related to the listing or delisting of any species; and evaluating genetic, habitat and declining species baseline data. Every year, the Department of Natural Resources coordinates with CWCB and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to identify programs and projects designed to meet the goals of the SCTF, and makes recommendations to the General Assembly regarding appropriations for those programs.

CWCB and CPW provide a regular report to the Colorado General Assembly detailing the progress and status of SCTF activities. Past reports can be found at this link.

SB17-202      2017 SCTF Bill
Program/Project Appropriation
Native Terrestrial Wildlife Conservation

$732,850

Native Aquatic Wildlife Conservation

$1,192,150

Platte River Recovery Implementation Program

$875,000

Upper Colorado River Recovery Program

$950,000

Gunnison River Basin Selenium Management Plan

$100,000

Total authorization

$3,850,000


HB16-1458     2016 SCTF Bill
Program/Project Appropriation
Native Terrestrial Wildlife Conservation

$778,135

Native Aquatic Wildlife Conservation

$321,865

Native Species Management, Monitoring, and Propagation

$700,000

Gunnison River Basin Selenium Management Program

$250,000

Upper Colorado River Recovery Program

$550,000

Grand Valley Power Plant Repair and Improvement

$400,000

Total authorization

$3,000,000


HB15-1277     2015 SCTF Bill
Program/Project Appropriation
Native Terrestrial Wildlife Conservation

$1,092,000

Native Aquatic Wildlife Conservation

$558,000

Colorado Natural Areas Program

$234,500

Colorado Resource Stewardship Program

$115,500

Native Species Management, Monitoring, and Propagation

$1,000,000

Gunnison River Basin Selenium Management Plan

$500,000

Upper Colorado River Basin Nonnative Species Control Program

$1,000,000

Colorado River Lease of Water for Instream Flows For Endangered Fish Recovery

$500,000

Total authorization

$5,000,000


SB14-188      2014 SCTF Bill
Program/Project Appropriation
Selenium Management Program

$500,000

Yampa Basin Nonnative Species Control Program

$500,000

Morgan Bottom Infrastructure Upgrade and Habitat Restoration Project

$500,000

Native Fish Passage Design and Construction at Flood-Affected Diversions

$500,000

Native Terrestrial Wildlife Conservation

$638,000

Native Aquatic Wildlife Conservation

$1,012,000

Colorado Natural Areas Program

$350,000

Native Species Management, Monitoring, and Propagation

$1,000,000

Federal Endangered Species Act Litigation Program

$1,500,000

Total authorization

$6,500,000


HB13-1283     2013 SCTF Bill
Program/Project Appropriation
Selenium Management Program

$500,000

White River Management Plan

$250,000

Instream Flow Water Acquisition

$500,000

Fountain Creek Fish Passage Project

$250,000

Native Terrestrial Wildlife Habitat Management and Propagation

$10,000

Native Terrestrial Wildlife Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation

$816,000

Native Aquatic Wildlife Habitat and Population Management and Propagation

$500,000

Native Aquatic Wildlife Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation

$324,000

Wildlife Disease Management and Landscape Adaptation

$350,000

Rare Plant Conservation Program and Species Conservation

$500,000

Total authorization

$4,000,000


HB12-1349     2012 SCTF Bill
Program/Project Appropriation
Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program

$500,000

Native Fish Conservation - Capital Projects

$1,000,000

Native Terrestrial Wildlife Conservation

$715,000

Native Aquatic Wildlife Conservation

$720,000

Wildlife Disease Management and Adaptation Landscape-Level Change

$565,000

Colorado Natural Areas Program

$500,000

Total authorization

$4,000,000


SB11-203     2011 SCTF Bill
Program/Project Appropriation
Platte River Recovery Program

$2,600,000

Upper Colorado River Recovery Program

$1,000,000

Arkansas Darter Instream Flow Water Rights Lease

$500,000

Native Grouse Conservation Program

$400,000

Total authorization

$4,500,000


HB10-1398     2010 SCTF Bill
Program/Project Appropriation
Platte River Recovery Program

$3,000,000

Native Grouse Conservation Program

$1,500,000

Total authorization

$4,500,000


HB09-1289     2009 SCTF Bill
Program/Project Appropriation
Platte River Recovery Program

$4,000,000

Upper Colorado River Recovery Program

$500,000

Instream Flow Protection

$500,000

Grouse Conservation Program

$825,000

Total authorization

$5,825,000


SB08-168      2008 SCTF Bill
Program/Project Appropriation
Platte River Recovery Program

$7,585,000

Grouse Conservation Program

$2,758,886

Natural Areas Program

$240,000

Wildlife Research

$60,000

Fish Conservation

$520,000

Total authorization

$11,163,886