Jul 2, 2020

The Southern Plains Land Trust is being honored with the Lottery Starburst Award for their work on the project.

The Southern Plains Land Trust Heartland Ranch Preserve Expansion helped bring the total square feet of the Preserve to 40 miles and 25,000 acres through three separate purchases, a total of $1,310,700 of a GOCO Open Space grant played an important role in expanding the reserve to further land conservation, open space acquisition, and wildlife/natural resource preservation. 

Nearly $5 million in Lottery funds are represented in 11 winning projects distributed statewide through grants via Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Conservation Trust Fund (CTF), Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST). 

"With so many projects funded with Lottery dollars, it's sometimes easy to forget all the different types of outdoor projects that result from Lottery revenue,” said Tom Seaver, director of the Colorado Lottery. “This year's Starburst Awards showcase the diverse uses of Lottery money -- ballfields, bike parks, playgrounds, riparian zones, and of course, massive land purchases.
These Starburst awards demonstrate just a fraction of the ways Lottery dollars are going to work wherever and however Coloradans like to play."

Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery funds for community and conservation projects.

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