Colorado State Conservation Board announces $460K in funding distributed to 24 conservation districts

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — The Colorado State Conservation Board announced $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 and 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 and quality, soil conservation, rangeland health, forest health, invasive species management, and wildlife habitat. Below is a list of the funded projects.


Agate $17,000 Rangeland Health

Bent $25,000 Rangeland Health, Soil Conservation

Branson-Trinchera $25,000 Rangeland Health

Colorado First $25,000 Rangeland Health, Wildlife Habitat

Debeque-Plateau Valley $25,000 Water Quantity and Quantity

Double El $8,000 Soil Conservation

Double El $17,000 Rangeland Health

Dove Creek $8,535 Conservation Education

East Otero$25,000Water Quantity and Quantity

El Paso$1,550Conservation Education

Fort Collins$20,000Conservation Education

Fremont $3,250 Conservation Education

Haxtun $5,000 Conservation Education

High Desert $25,000 Conservation Education

Jefferson $25,000 Invasive Species Management

Mancos $25,000 Water Quantity and Quantity

Middle Park $25,000 Forest Health

Olney-Boone $25,000 Rangeland Health

San Juan $25,000 Water Quantity and Quantity, Forest Health, Rangeland Health

Shavano $10,092 Water Quantity and Quantity

Spanish Peaks $25,000 Rangeland Health

Teller-Park $10,000 Invasive Species Management, Conservation Education

Upper Arkansas $25,000 Water Quantity and Quantity

West Otero-Timpas $12,500 Soil Conservation

West Otero-Timpas $12,500 Water Quantity and Quantity

Yuma $9,602 Soil Conservation, Wildlife Habitat

To learn more about the Matching Grants program, visit


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