Broomfield, Colo. — The Colorado State Conservation Board (CSCB) is pleased to announce $460,029 has been granted to 24 Colorado Conservation Districts through the Matching Grant program, funding 26 contracted projects. The CSCB, supported by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, provides professional development, organizational development, and conservation programs to assist Colorado’s 74 Conservation Districts in leading grassroots environmental and agricultural stewardship. 

The Matching Grant program, available only to Conservation Districts, is funded by a severance tax from oil & gas entities as mandated by the state legislature. Through public/private partnerships, the program leverages state funds with federal, private, and local dollars through a one to one match requirement. 

“The CSCB Matching Grant program is a cost effective and efficient program for directing state monies through local Conservation Districts to provide on-the-ground conservation to landowners and producers,” said Margaret Lenz, CSCB President. “The grant program also supports very important education opportunities for soil health, water conservation and for the youth of our state.”

Funding provides opportunities for local Conservation Districts to assist local landowners through cost-share programs, workshops, technical assistance, and education events. Approved projects will focus on education, water quantity & quality, soil conservation, rangeland health, forest health, invasive species management, and wildlife habitat. Below is a list of the funded projects. 

CONSERVATION DISTRICTFUNDINGPROJECT FOCUS
Agate$17,000Rangeland Health
Bent$25,000Rangeland Health, Soil Conservation
Branson-Trinchera$25,000Rangeland Health
Colorado First$25,000Rangeland Health, Wildlife Habitat
Debeque-Plateau Valley$25,000Water Quantity and Quantity
Double El$8,000Soil Conservation
Double El$17,000Rangeland Health
Dove Creek$8,535Conservation Education
East Otero$25,000Water Quantity and Quantity
El Paso$1,550Conservation Education
Fort Collins$20,000Conservation Education
Fremont$3,250Conservation Education
Haxtun$5,000Conservation Education
High Desert$25,000Conservation Education
Jefferson$25,000Invasive Species Management
Mancos$25,000Water Quantity and Quantity
Middle Park$25,000Forest Health
Olney-Boone$25,000Rangeland Health
San Juan$25,000Water Quantity and Quantity, Forest Health, Rangeland Health
Shavano$10,092Water Quantity and Quantity
Spanish Peaks$25,000Rangeland Health
Teller-Park$10,000Invasive Species Management, Conservation Education
Upper Arkansas$25,000Water Quantity and Quantity
West Otero-Timpas$12,500Soil Conservation
West Otero-Timpas$12,500Water Quantity and Quantity
Yuma$9,602Soil Conservation, Wildlife Habitat

To learn more about the Matching Grants program, visit https://ag.colorado.gov/conservation/cscb/mg

By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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