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, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Colorado State Forest Service, and other DoD organizations. The natural resource management program is the recipient of 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.
Upcoming and Ongoing Events
- Fishing permits available through iSportsman
- USAFA cow elk hunting - October 1 through January 31
- USAFA deer hunting - December 10-12 and 17-19
- New Santa Fe Trail is open for public use
Why Use iSportsman for Permits?
Since introducing the iSportsman website in April 2016, Natural Resources has received mostly positive feedback for the improved access to information and the convenience of purchasing base hunting and fishing permits online. We have also received feedback from a minority of individuals who prefer the previous system of buying fishing permits over-the-counter at Farish Recreation Area and USAFA Outdoor Recreation. We recognize this transition might be frustrating, and we are available to help you learn the new system so you can benefit from the advantages it offers. So why did we change our process? First, the iSportsman website has vastly improved the quality, accuracy, and availability of information we can distribute for our programs. Secondly, the fishing program is required to be self-supporting – no taxpayer funds are used – so the fees you pay cover our cost for stocking the hatchery-reared fish. In the past, Forces Support Squadron (FSS), operators of Farish and Outdoor Recreation, retained up to $2.25 on each permit. By using iSportsman, 100% of your fees now go toward supporting the fishing and other natural resources activities on the Air Force Academy and Farish. Reducing our overhead helps keep the permit fees as low as possible, and eventually we may be able to stock more fish for your enjoyment.
Please call Natural Resources at (719) 333-3308 for assistance or information.
Photo credits: Russ DeFusco, Greg Speights, Colorado Natural Heritage Program (Michael Menefee)