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Great Outdoors Colorado Awards $7.7M For Conservation, Open Space Projects

Sawtooth Mountain Ranch
Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land

This week Great Outdoors Colorado announced it will give out $7.7 million in grants.

The money will be used to fund conservation and open space projects across the state. 

Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded $4.5 million dollars to local governments and land trusts to preserve more than 40,000 acres.

In Ouray County, The Trust for Public Land was given $680,000 to purchase a 2,448-acre conservation easement on the Sawtooth Mountain Ranch. 

In Mesa County, the Mesa Land Trust was awarded $475,040 to place 781 acres of the West Creek Ranch under permanent protection. 

Great Outdoors Colorado has also given eight communities $2.3 million to build or repair local recreation sites.

The Town of Nucla received more than $197,000.  

"We will be using the Great Outdoors Colorado funding to help us to improve our park so it’s more user-friendly for everyone one from toddlers to seniors," Tracy Smith, the town's clerk, says.

Smith says the planned upgrades include new playground equipment, a multipurpose court, and a covered pavilion.

Great Outdoors Colorado is a voter-approved entity that doles out a portion of state lotto proceeds to fund conservation and open space projects. 

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