Our Mission: In support of the military training mission, conserve and enhance the Air Force Academy’s natural resources through the application of sound science and proactive stewardship practices.
The Natural Resources program manages the forests, rangelands, wetlands, wildlife, recreational fishing lakes, and multi-use trails on the US Air Force Academy, Farish Recreation Area, and Bullseye Auxiliary Airfield. Through a Cooperative Agreement with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, a team of USFWS biologists and foresters is responsible for managing the installation’s 19,110 acres, of which more than 70% is natural open space. The staff works cooperatively with many partners, including local governments and organizations, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Colorado State Forest Service, and other DoD offices. The natural resource management program has received the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Military Conservation Partner Award and the Department of Defense General Thomas D. White Award.
Oversight and management of the Air Force Academy's natural environment is directed by an Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) and several other resource-specific plans.
Events and Services
- Free DAV and Purple Heart fishing lifetime permits available at Natural Resources - see Fishing webpage for details
- Airfield gate access badging for handicap fisherman available at Natural Resources - see Fishing webpage for details
- Firewood sales by appointment - Monday-Friday
- New Santa Fe Trail and Falcon Trail is open for public use
- USAFA deer hunt - December 8-9 and 15-16, 2018
- USAFA cow elk hunt - October 1 - January 31
- Cow elk hunting lottery applications accepted through iSportsman from January 1 - May 31 - see Hunting webpage for details
Why Do We Use iSportsman?
Since introducing the iSportsman website, Natural Resources has received positive feedback on the improved access to information for our various programs and the convenience of being able to purchase hunting and fishing permits online. Importantly, the fishing program must be self-supporting – no taxpayer money is expended – so the permit fees must cover the annual cost of stocking the hatchery-reared fish. By using iSportsman to purchase your permits, our administrative costs are substantially reduced and more of your fee goes toward fish stocking and other natural resources and recreational amenities. Fishing permits sold over-the-counter at Outdoor Recreation and Farish Recreation Area carry a Force Support Squadron processing fee, meaning we receive less net income for stocking.
Please call Natural Resources at (719) 333-3308 for assistance or information.
Photo credits: Russ DeFusco, Greg Speights, Brian Mihlbachler, Steve Wallace, Diane Strohm, Colorado Natural Heritage Program (Michael Menefee)