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Colorado is asking people to choose its next state park: here is how

There are parameters to follow, of course.

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Anna Rahmanan
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Although Colorado is already home to 42 state parks, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking to expand its conservation plans even further by designating yet another area as an official state park. The best part of the endeavor? The state is calling on you to nominate a park for consideration.

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Interested nature lovers can head to this online portal to suggest a number of unprotected areas that could benefit from conservation efforts. To be clear: state park status guarantees that a certain area's natural resources and wildlife will receive protection and proper maintenance.

"Millions of people enjoy outdoor experiences provided by state parks from camping and hiking, to fishing and nature programs," reads the project's website. "As Colorado's population grows along with interest in getting outside, the state is exploring opportunities to grow the state park system."

There's no deadline by which you'll have to input your picks, but the agency does list specific requirements that each entry must fulfill. These include an area's need to conserve natural resources, its ability to financially stay afloat within the parameters of the state parks system, its wide-ranging accessibility by any type of visitors, its community value and its offering of excellent nature-based recreational activities.

If you've got a specific park in mind, you can consult this story map that the agency released to figure out whether the area qualifies. 

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