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Colorado Open Lands in the news

A key part of our work is helping Coloradans understand the benefits of land conservation to their communities and to their values.  Towards those ends, we make sure to communicate our land and water conservation successes with local, state, and national press!

For media inquiries, please contact Director of Communications Leslie Volkar at 

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May 2024

The Coloradoan: Missed the northern lights? Here are some of the best places to stargaze in Colorado this summer

Heart of the Rockies Radio: Common Ground invests more than $1.6M to support forestes, recreation management and rural landscapes

April 2024

The Denver Post: Family that used to farm Buc-ee’s land has a message about the effects of development

University of Colorado Law Blog:Earth Day 2024: Highlighting The GWC and Water Rights

Fairplay Flume: Colorado Open Lands and Mountain Area Land Trust host local K-12 education workshop

March 2024

Fairplay Flume: Reimagining high alpine riverscapes: Riparian Reconnect is healing Colorado headwaters through a process-based approach

Denver7: Colorado trail projects get biggest funding boost to date from lottery revenue

Kiowa County Press: GOCO board awards grants to southeast Colorado communities

JeffCo Transcript: Jeffco gets over 7  million to fund 3 big county projects

KOAA: Watch thousands of cranes descend upon the San Luis Valley and the hundreds of people who flock to see them

University of Colorado blog: Acequia Assistance project members attend 12th annual Congreso de Acequias

Sterling Journal-Advocate: Colorado Open Lands nets 298k GOCO grant for conservation planning along the South Platte River

February 2024

The Colorado Sun: Farms that feed migrating sandhill cranes in Colorado are in it for the long haul

January 2024

Center for Western Priorities: The private land piece of the 30×30 puzzle

December 2023

GOCO: A Seamless Transition

Land Trust Alliance: Give a boost to conserved land landowners during the holidays

YourHub: Holiday shopping guide highlights goods, experiences from conserved lands in Colorado

Telluride Daily Planet: Sen. Cleave Simpson joins open lands board with Leave No Trace’s Jeff Trujillo

Alamosa News: Sen. Simpson, Trujillo join Colorado Open Lands BOD

Alamosa Citizen: Simpson appointed to Colorado Open Lands board

November 2023

Valley Courier: San Luis Valley Solar and Agriculture Forum

October 2023

Colorado Politics: A 1,200-year-old water concept flows through Colorado’s Costilla County

September 2023

Theodore Roosevelet Conservation Partnership: Emphasizing the Importance of Federal Investment in the Rio Grande Basin

University of Maryland, Baltimore Pulse Podcast: From Rugby Olympian to Environmental Hero: Carmen Farmer’s Mission to Conserve Colorado Lands

August 2023

Source New Mexico: Water conservation model built on the Rio Grande may be a template for rest of US

Denver Post: Colorado nature photographer and environmentalist John Fielder dies

July 2023

Canon City Daily Record: Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp seeks exchange of Federal lands near Hillside

Senator Michael Bennet’s Press Office: Bennet, Moran, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Create New Tool for Farmers and Ranchers to Combat Drought

The Journal: Sens. Bennet, Moran, and Heinrich introduce Voluntary Groundwater Conservation Act

The Fence Post: Bennet, Moran, Heinrich introduce groundwater conservation bill

AgWeb Farm Journal: Ag Water Act Introduced

Wine Industry Network: New Grains Will Change and Sustain the Craft Brewing and Distilling Industries

Sky-Hi News: Land Matters: Month of the beaver

June 2023

Conejos County Citizen: Results of water quality surveys available

BLM Colorado: Partnerships and Restoration Landscapes

Alamosa News: Costilla County ranch $35k grant to conserve more than 1,400 acres

May 2023

National Public Radio: Once ‘paradise,’ parched Colorado valley grapples with arsenic in water

March 2023

Fort Collins Coloradoan: City has a lot of ideas to choose from when it comes to Hughes land, and time to dig into them

9News: US reservoirs moving in right direction but not enough to end long-term drought

Loveland Reporter-Herald: Rooted in tradition: Loveland farm protects its future with conservation easement

Colorado Politics: No need to dress up for this gala

Associated Press: Drought over? Spring outlook finds relief — and flood risk

Alamosa News: Colorado Open Lands awarded $825K grant to conserve 398 acres in the southern San Luis Valley

Circle of Blue: Tax incentives find new purpose for conserving water in American West


January 2023

Pagosa Daily Post: Less Water, More Food? Part 4

December 2022

Conejos County Citizen: Grazing law draws crowd to Costilla County meeting

University of Colorado Law: Acequia Assistance Project Awarded 2022 ABA Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy Award

Alamosa Citizen: Groundwater conservation easement: a new way to manage Rio Grande

Ark Valley Voice: First-in-the-nation conservation easement partnership to protect San Luis Valley groundwater

November 2022

Leadville Twin Lakes: Celebrate a soon-to-be nature preserve on the Arkansas River

The Chaffee County Times: Central Colorado Conservancy secures public river access in Lake County

Bureau of Land Management blog: Spruce Creek rekindles its connection with wetlands in Summit County

The Mountain Ear: Tucker Open Space permanently protected

Boulder Daily Camera: Preservation achieved for Tucker Open Space, near Nederland

Heart of the Rockies Radio: Third Phase of the Arkansas River Community Preserve Underway

Ark Valley Voice: Central Colorado Conservancy announces public preserve purchase in Southern Lake County

October 2022

Rocky Mountain PBS: Watershed assessment presents new opportunities to support Costilla county’s historic waterways

August 2022

Virginia Tech Alumni Magazine: Alumni lead the way in Colorado’s conservation efforts

July 2022

Colorado Public Radio: A 150-year-old San Luis Valley farm stops growing food to save a shrinking water supply. It might be the first deal of its kind in the country

Alamosa News: Drought impacts water rights on Rio Grande

April 2022

Ark Valley Voice: Central Colorado Conservancy celebrates six months of protection progress

North Forty News: Nearly 1,000 acres of future public open space on the Cache la Poudre river purchased

KLZR Valley Views: Interview with Larry Vickerman and Ben Lenth on the future of conservation in the San Isabel area

Saving Land Magazine: Innovative Model for Agricultural Conservation (see page 8)

March 2022

Leadville Herald Democrat: GOCO awards two Lake County Projects

Ark Valley Voice: Lake County nets $652k in GOCO grants to expand Shawn Andrick Memorial Preserve and update Huck Finn Bike Park

Colorado Springs Gazette: Colorado’s iconic sandhill cranes are back for a limited time

January 2022

The Denver Gazette: Douglas County has a water option aside from San Luis Valley

December 2021

Highlands Ranch Herald: Douglas County should take high road on water