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 resources 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.

Events and Services

  • Free DAV and Purple Heart fishing lifetime permits  - see Fishing for details
  • Airfield gate access badging for handicap fisherman  - see Fishing for details
  • Firewood sales by appointment - Monday-Friday
  • Lottery applications for cow elk hunting accepted from January 1 - May 31 - see Hunting for details
  • Spring turkey archery hunting - April 13 to May 26 - see Hunting for details
  • Fall turkey archery hunting - September 1 to October 6  - see Hunting 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 reduced and more of your fees can go toward fish stocking and other natural resources and recreational amenities.  Fishing permits sold over-the-counter at Outdoor Recreation, Farish Recreation Area, and FamCamp are subject to a 12% FSS processing fee, which means we receive less net income to support the fish stocking program, so we highly encourage anglers to use the online system.  

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)