Sep 20, 2018
Palmer Land Trust to receive Starburst Award for BX Ranch Conservation.
DENVER – This may be the first time that Colorado Lottery proceeds have been used to preserve a sight that was once destined to become a nuclear power plant.
The Palmer Land Trust, which has protected open space and parks along the southern Front Range since 1977, will receive a Colorado Lottery Starburst Award for using Lottery proceeds to protect the BX Ranch located east of Pueblo. The preservation of the ranch was made possible thanks to a $666,000 Lottery-funded grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).
“Without funds from the Lottery, this project would not have come to fruition and the 25,000 acres that have been protected may have been subdivided and developed,” said Rebecca Jewett, executive director of the Palmer Land Trust. “The success of BX Ranch is a beacon to galvanize the community around its growing sense of identity and purpose.”
The award will be presented during the Palmer Land Trust’s board meeting beginning at 4 p.m. on Sept. 26. The meeting will take place at the Tom L. & Anna Marie Giodone Library in east Pueblo.
The 25,000-acre ranch was a proposed site for a nuclear power plant, however, the unfortunate consequences of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Fukushima, Japan in 2011 gave way for reconsideration. With help from Colorado Lottery proceeds and other partners, the Palmer Land Trust was able to place the ranch under a conservation easement in 2015. A three-year plan converted the ranch back from neglected grassland into a vibrant ecosystem. BX Ranch remains one of the largest working cattle ranches in Pueblo County.
The Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in outdoor recreation and conservation that enhance a community’s environment.
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In FY2018 alone, the Lottery distributed $140.7 million in proceeds. Since its creation 35 years ago, the Lottery has returned more than $3.2 billion back into the state of Colorado. Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: GOCO, Conservation Trust Fund, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. These organizations provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, and wildlife and conservation education. For more information on Starburst Awards, visit ColoradoLottery.com
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