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Posted on: March 8, 2019

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Awards County $75K Planning Grant for NOCO Places 2050 Partnership

March 8, 2019 - Clear Creek County Communications, Colo. – On March 6th, GOCO’s Board awarded Clear Creek County a $75,000 planning grant for the NOCO PLACES 2050 partnership. Per the GOCO press release, NOCO Places “…represents the third critical component of a broader, three-part strategy (launched May 2018) to address the impacts of Front Range growth on the mountains: convening Colorado’s leadership to discuss the issue and make it a priority for action; engaging Colorado’s elected leadership in working on solutions; and, systematically changing the way our public lands are managed…”

This work (from the planning grant) will include local recreation and natural resource stewardship plans at a county level, a regional recreation and natural resource stewardship plan that includes the ARNF, and a forest plan update for the ARNF. These plans will include strategies to share in the management, infrastructure development, and maintenance of public lands for better and more efficient stewardship of natural resources and public lands.

 The partnership—Northern Colorado People, Land, Access, Conservation, Ecosystems, Sustainability— includes Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson and Larimer Counties; Colorado Parks and Wildlife; the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (ARNF); the National Park Service; and business, nonprofit and environmental communities. This partnership formed to develop a regional “All Lands Master Plan” for unified management of local, state, and federal public lands to meet user demands across the region for the next 30 years.

Colorado’s Front Range population is growing. From 2010-2015, the Denver metro area grew to nearly 3.1 million people, with an average of 55,500 new residents each year. Another 507,000 people are expected by 2025, and by 2050, the region is projected to grow to more than 4.5 million.

To date, GOCO has invested more than $13 million in projects in Clear Creek County and has conserved 880 acres of land there. GOCO funding has supported the Peaks to Plains Trail, the Tom Benhoff Lake Trail, and Floyd Hill, among other projects.


 Read More about 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 5,000 projects in all 64 counties of Colorado without any tax dollar support.
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