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Colorado Parks and Wildlife launches updated purchasing system

DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is pleased to announce the launch of our new integrated purchasing system, serving as a one-stop shop for all CPW products, including hunting and fishing licenses, campsite reservations, OHV and snowmobile permit renewals, Colorado Outdoors magazine and more. T

his new purchasing system means an account holder can use a single login to purchase any CPW product, including: all camping, cabin and yurt reservations; all fishing license purchases, including waterfowl stamps; all hunting licenses, as well as checking preference points and draw status and updating application information; habitat stamps; annual and Aspen Leaf parks passes; and online retail orders, including Colorado Outdoors magazine.

New customers and hunters and anglers who do not have existing ReserveAmerica accounts should find the process of creating an account similar to setting up any other online account, choosing a username and password and including identification information such as a birthdate and a driver’s license or state identification number. Additional details are required for purchasing hunting and fishing licenses, including your social security number and existing Customer Identification Number (CID) if applicable.

We are aware of a system challenge, specifically with existing customers who have accounts created in both CPW Reservations/ReserveAmerica and in our previous licensing system, which need to be merged into a single account in the new system. We are working to resolve this issue, but in the meantime, you may call our hunt planning and reservations teams to assist you with merging your accounts. For assistance in merging accounts, call 1-800-678-2267 and select option 2.

Detailed instructions on setting up a new account, or updating your existing ReserveAmerica account, can be found on the CPW Shop FAQs page.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife looks forward to helping customers plan their outdoor experiences. To learn more, and to start using the new system, visit cpw.state.co.us.

Assistance Available to Agricultural Producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program

WASHINGTON — Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. NRCS plans to enroll up to 10 million acres in CSP in 2018 nationwide. While applications for CSP are accepted year round, applications must be received by March 2, 2018 to be considered for this funding period.

Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat – all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications, on-site carbon storage and planting for high carbon sequestration rate, and new soil amendments to improve water quality.

Some of these benefits of CSP include: Improved cattle gains per acre; increased crop yields; decreased inputs; wildlife population improvements; and better resilience to weather extremes.

NRCS recently made several updates to the program to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits to their operations and natural resources. New methods and software for evaluating applications help producers see up front why they are or are not meeting stewardship thresholds, and allow them to pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives. These tools also enable producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.

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