CITY OF AURORA WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST CONSERVATION AWARD FOR PONDEROSA PRESERVE EXPANSION

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CITY OF AURORA WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST CONSERVATION AWARD FOR PONDEROSA PRESERVE EXPANSION

DENVER, September 20, 2011The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2011 Starburst Conservation Award to the City of Aurora for using Lottery funds to complete the Ponderosa Preserve Expansion. The City of Aurora utilized a $640,238 million of Lottery-funded Conservation Trust Fund dollars to acquire 25 additional acres to expand Ponderosa Preserve. The purchase of the 25 acres protected it from development and provides valuable wildlife habitat and opportunities for visitors to connect with nature in a unique setting.

“Future passive uses such as walking trails, informal picnic areas and regional trail connections are planned for the site,” said Jenna Katsaros, special projects coordinator for the City of Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department. “In the future this attractive natural area will have limited pedestrian trails to reduce the impact upon the native plants and wildlife who call Ponderosa Preserve home.”

The Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds for projects that promote community-building, partnership, conservation and commitment to the recreational needs of Colorado residents. In Fiscal Year 2011, the Lottery distributed $113.4 million in proceeds. Since its creation 28 years ago, the Lottery has returned more than $2.2 billion to the state.

Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: GOCO, Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.

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September 20, 2011
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