Elizabeth Stewart-Severy of Aspen Public Radio recently sat down with Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser to talk about Hauser’s appointment to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission. Listen to the interview.

By Elizabeth Stewart-Severy, Aspen Public Radio

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently appointed Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, Colorado Mountain College president and CEO, to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission. This board sets rules and oversees state parks and wildlife programs and is comprised of ranchers, sportsmen and sportswomen, and recreationalists.

Hauser said this design is intentional, “to try to find an appropriate balance for these incredible places in Colorado and to be sure that they’re still here for generations to come.”

Hauser will join the 11-member board as one of three representatives from the recreation community. As a Glenwood Springs resident, she is the only commissioner from the Roaring Fork Valley. The commission meets six times a year.

Hauser said her role as president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College is a natural fit.

“We have so many outdoor programs, we have a sustainability program, all of our natural resources programs,” Hauser said.