News: Natural Resources

Gates Family Foundation plays an active role in conserving Colorado’s unique landscapes, waterways, and agricultural heritage in ways that allow both natural and human systems to thrive. Read our latest news and updates from the projects and ideas we support.


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In an interview with Colorado Public Radio, founders of the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project, a Gates grantee, discuss their quest to recover heirloom varieties that once garnered national prizes and made the Four Corners area famous for apples.

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Study finds Great Outdoors Colorado gives state $507 million economic boost

“The bottom line is that, from an economic standpoint, Colorado’s decision to invest lottery proceeds in sustaining the state’s quality of life is a remarkably smart decision.” said The Trust for Public Land economist Jennifer Plowden, the study’s author. “It’s good for business. It’s good for urban and rural communities. It’s good for the health of Coloradans.”

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Denver Post and High Plains Journal Articles Feature Gates Focus Landscapes

Over 86,000 acres of land in Southeast Colorado have recently been preserved through conservation easements on two large ranches by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Colorado Cattleman’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT), with support from the Gates Family Foundation Focus Landscape Program. These successes were highlighted in a recent Denver Post article, emphasizing the role of conservation easements in preserving rural ranching and agricultural economies, conserving healthy regional ecosystems, and maintaining scenic views and open space.