Great Outdoors Colorado awards US$40,000 grant to permanently protect Lower Howard Creek Ranches in Fremont County; ranches share boundaries with large areas of BLM land that connects to San Isabel National Forest, Sangre de Cristo Wilderness

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December 20, 2023 (press release) –

DENVER – Today the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) board awarded a $40,000 grant to Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) through the nonprofit coalition Keep It Colorado to permanently protect Lower Howard Creek Ranches in Fremont County .

The grant is part of Keep It Colorado's Transaction Cost Assistance Program (TCAP), which grants GOCO funds to nonprofit land trusts to help cover the costs associated with conservation easement transactions. It enables landowners who have urgent opportunities to conserve their properties, but who face financial barriers to facilitating the transaction, to conserve land more quickly.

The ranches share boundaries with large areas of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management that connect to the San Isabel National Forest and the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. Approximately 75 acres of the property have been identified by The Nature Conservancy's Resilient and Connected Network as being resilient to climate change; allowing species to disperse, migrate, and adapt to a changing climate; and having high biodiversity, which signals ecosystem health.

The agricultural character of the multigenerational ranches and the senior water rights tied to the

property will be protected in the future. To date, GOCO has invested more than $5.1 million in

projects in Fremont County and partnered to conserve 3,513 acres of land there. GOCO funding has supported stewardship work at Fremont County Campground and Trail, the Rouse Park playground, and the Taylor-Oswald Ranch conservation easement, among other projects.

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state's parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. GOCO's independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 5,600 projects in all 64 counties of Colorado without any tax dollar support. Visit for more information.

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