The following public comment was presented to the Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, May 13, 2020 , by Courtney DeWinter, Core Team Leader – Canada Geese Protection Colorado
Canada Geese Protection Colorado asks the Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to help us get timely and accurate answers from Denver Parks and Recreation management. Denver Parks and Recreation is presenting the 2020 Goose Management Plan tonight. There are significant & disturbing changes between the 2019 & 2020 versions of this plan, listed as follows:
First Disturbing Change to the DPR Goose Management Document: This document is no longer called a “Goose Management Guide.” It’s now a Goose Damage Management Guide.
Question for Denver Parks and Recreation: Why has the language changed from “goose “management” to “goose damage management?”
Second Disturbing Change to the DPR Goose Management Document: In February 2020, Canada Geese Protection Colorado publicly announced that Denver Parks created the goose overpopulation problem because they didn’t oil goose eggs for 9 out of the last 17 years. Instead of acknowledging this, Denver Parks management has removed the information showing their lack of execution of the Denver Parks egg oiling program from the document altogether.
Question for Denver Parks and Recreation: Why was the egg oiling information omitted from the 2020 DPR Goose Management document?
Third Disturbing Change to the DPR Goose Management Document: Denver Parks and Recreation has removed all 2019 content promising opportunities for public comment & engagement.
Question for Denver Parks and Recreation: How does removing all promises of public outreach & engagement from the 2020 guide fulfill Mayor Hancock’s written policies of a “Transparent Denver” and state Sunshine laws regarding public discussion?
We respectfully request that the Denver Parks & Rec Citizen Advisory obtain answers for us.