Recipients of Outside Regional Partnerships Grant Introduced

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Reflections of the bridge in the Poudre River where the paved walkway crosses north of Lee Martinez Park (Photo by Arlene Hoffman)

Promote outdoor recreation and business

Recently, Governor Polis, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) announced the recipients of the second round of Outdoor Regional Partnerships grants. These grants will provide transformative support to organizations working to preserve and protect Colorado’s premier nature, iconic wildlife and precious water resources now and for generations to come. These grants are the result of a landmark Executive Order signed by Governor Polis creating the Outdoor Regional Partnerships Initiative. This effort will provide a long-term, equitable, and sustainable vision for the future of Colorado’s nature and outdoor recreation in the face of climate change. The grants will provide better local collaboration and leadership in creating and implementing the Governor’s statewide vision for Colorado’s premier outdoor wildlife.

“These grants are for our fun, our safety and our economic growth. I am proud to build on our efforts to prepare for and respond quickly to the threat of wildfires. These funds will help preserve, protect and enhance our iconic nature and expand opportunities for outdoor recreation – a key economic engine for our state,” Governor Polis said.

This second round of funding brings the total number of regional partnerships in the Colorado Outdoors to 10. CPW launched this initiative in 2020 with funding from GOCO to build collaborative partnerships statewide. CPW and GOCO will provide the third round of grant funding for regional outdoor partnerships in fall 2022.

“CPW views these partnerships as critical to engaging local voices in advancing Colorado conservation solutions for people and wildlife,” said Heather Dugan, acting director of CPW. “Through this initiative, CPW is funding coalitions that bring together outdoor recreation and conservation organizations with local, federal, tribal and state land managers. By working together, we can more efficiently and effectively address some of the state’s most pressing challenges.”

“Colorado is full of passionate people who work tirelessly to protect and expand access to our great outdoors. It’s a big part of what makes our state so special,” said GOCO CEO Jackie Miller. “GOCO is proud to support this initiative and provide resources for continued collaboration between these organizations so we can build a collective and community-focused vision for the state that we all cherish.”

Scholarship recipients include:

Northwest Colorado Outdoor Coalition ($100,000) – Located in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties
The Northwest Colorado Outdoor Coalition is filling a critical geographic gap by bringing together land managers, local governments and outdoor stakeholders in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

Central Colorado Recreation Partnership ($95,000) – Located in Chaffee, Gunnison and Lake counties
Central Colorado Recreation Partnership convenes the Chaffee County Envision Recreation in Balance Partnership, the Gunnison County Sustainable Tourism and Recreation Committee (STOR) and an evolving Lake County partnership spanning 4,600 square miles and spanning the mountainous landscape of Central Colorado .

Outside 285 Partnership ($149,500) – Located in Clear Creek, Douglas, Jefferson and Park Counties
Outside 285 Partnership is taking a new approach to collaborating on a vision for recreation and conservation along the US 285 corridor, including the upper South Platte River watershed.

Two Rivers Conservation and Recreation Roundtable ($30,000) – Located in Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties
The Two Rivers Conservation and Recreation Roundtable brings together outdoor recreation and conservation leaders, local governments and land managers from across the Grand Valley. Existing coalitions in Mesa County will work together toward a shared vision while also working with Delta and Montrose Counties to define regional boundaries.

Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance ($150,000) – Located in El Paso, Teller, and Fremont counties
The Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance received its second Outdoor Regional Partnership grant for full plan development in this round of funding.

NoCo PLACES 2050 ($150,000) – Located in Larimer, Boulder, Gilpin, Clear Creek and Jefferson Counties. NoCo PLACES 2050 also received its second regional outdoor partnership grant in this round of funding for full plan development, after receiving a capacity building grant in 2021.

For more information, visit the Regional Partnerships Initiative page on the CPW website.

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