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The great adventure

Retired regional wildlife manager Ron Velarde reflects with
pride on his long career

Ron Velarde retired on June 30 after working for 47 years with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the final 17 as the regional wildlife manager for the Northwest Region. Velarde started with the agency as a game warden and came to be known as a tough, but fair warden.


Ron Velarde retired on June 30 after working for 47 years with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the final 17 as the regional wildlife manager for the Northwest Region. Velarde started with the agency as a game warden and came to be known as a tough, but fair warden.


Ron Velarde retired on June 30 after working for 47 years with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the final 17 as the regional wildlife manager for the Northwest Region. Velarde started with the agency as a game warden and came to be known as a tough, but fair warden. Velarde, left, chats with others at the site of the future Cameo Shooting Complex near Palisade.


Ron Velarde retired on June 30 after working for 47 years with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the final 17 as the regional wildlife manager for the Northwest Region. Velarde started with the agency as a game warden and came to be known as a tough, but fair warden. In this file photo, Velarde works with another warden in the early years.


What does a person think about after 47 years as a game warden for what is now Colorado Parks and Wildlife?

And how are those years summarized? What memories stand out after nearly 50 years with an agency recognized as one of the leaders in wildlife management?

On June 30, Ron Velarde quietly closed the door on his 47 years with CPW, the final 17 years as regional wildlife…

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