The Gates Family Foundation is continuing its long term commitment to land conservation on a regional scale via investment in a limited number of "focus landscapes" within the state. In addition to recent partnerships formed in North Park and in southeastern Colorado, the trustees recently approved a $2 million, 6-year commitment to conservation projects in the Upper Colorado River basin in Grand and Eagle Counties.
The 86-mile stretch of river from Granby Dam to Dotsero runs through critical private lands and sustains local agriculture, breathtaking views, abundant wildlife and world-class recreation. The Colorado Conservation Partnership (a coalition of groups including Colorado Open Lands, The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, and The Trust for Public Land) has developed a collaborative plan to protect priority lands along this corridor, provide additional public access to the river and protect critical habitat to support the health of natural systems. The CCP partners are seeking to realize their goal over a period of six years, through a combination of strategic land and water protection and community partnerships.