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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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March 2023

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