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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A coalition of Gates Family Foundation partners in conservation are working together to fix local ranchers’ irrigation problems while also improving river and wildlife habitat on the Upper Colorado River. Hear the story straight from the pen of Paul Bruchez, a Kremmling rancher who sees the innovative project as a way to marry the interests of his family’s livelihood and his personal interests in river health and conservation.

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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.”