Additionally, three million acres of land in Colorado are called trust lands and have been held in a trust since statehood in 1876 for the purpose of funding public schools. Requests for additional information and questions may be submitted by email or by phone: Abraham Medina – Recreation Program Manager The state trust lands are worthy of attention just for themselves. Another 20 percent of the state lands are open to hunters and anglers from September through February, thanks to leases or easements acquired by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The Colorado State Land Board, for example, owns approximately 370,000 acres of forest land throughout the state; the largest parcel is the Colorado State Forest near Walden. Most lands are not accessible by vehicle, ATVs, or snowmobiles, and there may be additional restrictions on camping, parking and off-road driving. Opinion Opinion: Colorado’s outdoor opportunity: Open state lands to public access. (First is the Federal Government.) Starting with Ohio in 1785 and ending with Arizona and New Mexico in 1910, each new state received a set of federal lands that, under federal enabling legislation and the corresponding state constitution, were to be held in trust for the benefit of the public schools. 77 for 7 miles, east on Cty. That singularity of purpose continues today and distinguishes state trust lands and the state programs that administer them from other types of public lands.". This land -- called trust land -- is not open to the public. 200 East Colfax Avenue. Thread starter Bigjay73; Start date Jul 13, 2018; Jul 13, 2018 #1 B. Bigjay73 Well-known member. Last week, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission unanimously voted to expand access to Colorado state trust lands beginning this fall. Many users of State Trust Lands have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus. The Public Access Program provides seasonal hunting and fishing opportunities on Colorado trust land across the state. NOTE: this website performs best on the Chrome browser. Denver, CO 80203-1722. The expansion to 580,000 acres will happen through Colorado’s State Trust Lands. The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy provides resources about the history of trust land in America. In all states, the most significant beneficiary of trust lands is public K-12 education or common schools. In Larimer County, there are … The state owns about three-million acres of state trust lands, which were given to Colorado by the federal government in 1876 for specific purposes (view a map of state trust lands). This means that the vast majority of these lands are leased to agricultural operations. Colorado … People aged 19-64 who visit State Trust Lands or State Wildlife Areas without buying a hunting or fishing license must pay $10.25 (per calendar year) for the privilege. As such, they are (almost always)  leased for revenue generating purposes such as livestock grazing, oil/gas development, timber management, tower sites, renewable energy production, or commercial operations. Hunting and Angling Fees Pay for State Trust Access. Enrolled lands are closed to public access all other times of the year. People aged 19-64 who visit State Trust Lands or State Wildlife Areas without buying a hunting or fishing license must pay $10.25 (per calendar year) for the privilege. 300,000 acres of trust land is leased for private recreation, which may or may not be open to the public for a fee depending on the private outfitter. For 25 years, he’d lived, worked, and played in the mountains around Denver and Boulder. Two resident tribes, the Ute Mountain Utes and Southern Utes, make their home in southwest Colorado where they own a total of 402,303 acres of forestland. Excepted from the Lincoln Institute: "State trust lands are a phenomenon that dates back to the Northwest Ordinance of 1785. CPW pays about $2 per acres to the state land board for access to these lands. #200 Lakewood, CO 80401 | 303.988.2373 (o) | 303.988.2383 (f) Using our Colorado Atlas, we found a block of BLM land and let our bird dog out to stretch her legs. Outfitters, clubs and individuals control recreational access on 5% of the remaining 80%. State Capitol, Suite 140. The signs at each property will inform users what is allowed at each location. Office of the Treasurer. Currently, a little under 500,000 acres is publicly accessible. In Colorado, the hunting public has access to only 500,000 acres of the 3 million acres of state trust land. 1546 Cole Blvd. Colorado Open Lands’ staff is comprised of dedicated professionals who operate under four guiding principles: Integrity – we earn the trust of our landowners, partners, donors and community by fulfilling our commitments and holding ourselves to the highest ethical standards in all we do. Joined Oct 28, 2017 Messages 1,339 Location Denver. Saint Charles. Competitive Mineral Lease Offering Earns $400K for Trust Beneficiaries. Likewise, if you are a member of the public who wishes to make a comment about the PAP, please use our general comment form. The wildlife area is 2,228 acres and has hunting for big and small game. All other lands are closed to public use. Please contact your local CPW office for more information. Approximately 850,000 acres of trust lands are leased by Federal, State, and local government agencies to allow some level of public recreation. CPW's field staff must ensure that issues between public users and other existing lessees on the property are addressed and minimized. Renewable energy production. Colorado State Trust Lands - Pueblo County. Please see lessee/partner’s website for specific rules and regulations: North Sand Hills OHV Area, Jackson County. Don't hold me to the figures, they may be outdated, but what I can find is there is around 3,000,000 acres of state trust land in the state of Colorado. Colorado state trust lands. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said last week that about 77,200 acres will be added to the 480,000 acres of state trust lands currently open to hunting … Twenty-four years later, a bit less than 20 percent (~485,000 acres) of Colorado’s state trust lands are open to the general public, via a lease funded by hunter and angler license fees. We have 2.8 million surface acres and four million mineral estate acres available for a variety of uses. According to the Land Board’s website, Colorado trust lands are not open to the public, except for specific parcels leased for recreation by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. That Habitat Stamp allows you access to all State Trust Lands leased by CDOW and to all State Wildlife Areas. “Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages over 350 State Wildlife Areas and holds leases on nearly 240 State Trust Lands in Colorado, which are funded through the purchase of … These leases are similar to private land leases in that the person paying for the lease has exclusive use of the property. 10, go east 18.5 miles, then south on Cty. Our goal is to reach one million acres by the 2021 hunting season. For more information, please see the Colorado Recreational Lands Brochure.​. As the second-largest landowner in the state, we rely on maps. (FYI it's 51 pages!) The Board was established by Governor Jared Polis to evaluate proposals concerning name changes, new names, and name controversies of geographic features Colorado’s surface state trust lands exist in 56 out of 64 Colorado counties (87.5% of all Colorado counties). The State Trust Land program that Colorado created targeted schools … The Trust for Public Land, the US Forest Service, the Crested Butte Land Trust (Land Trust), and the Valley Housing Fund today announced the final chapter of a decade-long effort in the permanent protection … Sportsmen and women can enjoy 770,000 acres of state trust land through Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Public Access Program (PAP) in fall 2020. Access is generally limited to big game hunting during fall seasons, but can be different depending on individual property conditions and sportsmen opportunities. For $200, anyone can buy a Lifetime Habitat Stamp. With this ordinance, the U.S. Congress established a policy of granting land to states when they entered the Union as an asset to generate funding to support the public education system, a fundamental state responsibility. Signs at individual properties describe allowed uses, rules and time frames for public use. Lessee/Partner: El Paso County Open Space, Lease/Agreement Type: Public recreation lease, Recreational Uses Allowed: Public hiking, biking, and equestrian use on gravel trail, Lessee/Partner: Boulder County Open Space, Recreational Uses Allowed: non-motorized recreation including hiking and mountain biking. That Habitat Stamp allows you access to all State Trust Lands leased by CDOW and to all State Wildlife Areas. Phone: (303) 866-2441. This is quite incorrect. Beaver Creek State Wildlife Area is 20 miles from Colorado Springs. Please submit a CORA request if you'd like additional information about this lease. Hunting and Angling Fees Pay for State Trust Access. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) leases 770,000 acres of state trust land to provide access for public sportsmen (see Public Access Program below). Over the past decade, trust lands have raised $1.4 billion for Colorado public schools. As Trustee for these lands, the State Land Board generates revenue by issuing leases and permits for a wide variety of uses on these properties, including private recreation. Because they are unfamiliar, observers tend to assume that their resources are insignificant. The rule affects more than 350 State Wildlife Areas and nearly 240 State Trust Lands managed statewide by CPW. Within a hundred yards of the car, she flushed a covey of sage grouse. And you can also view the signed lease amendment. These first two additions take us from 465,000 acres in 2018 to 774,000 acres in 2020, representing a 66% increase over the last two years. Today we still own 2.8 million acres of trust land and the Colorado State Land Board is the state agency that manages the trust and uses the land to help fund Colorado … 770,000 acres of trust land enrolled in the Public Access Program, which provided seasonal and limited access to trust land to sportsmen and anglers. A lot. Some of the lands are leased for ranching, farming, mineral and oil and gas production, commercial, and other uses in order to earn income for trust beneficiaries. Additionally, hunting, fishing, or trapping on trust lands without the State Land Board’s permission is illegal (C.R.S. The move is the first step in a multiyear plan to more than double the amount of state trust lands open to outdoor sportsmen and -women, to a total of about one million acres. Apishapa North State Trust Lands. The land board derives revenue from state trust lands by leasing them for hunting, recreation, agriculture, oil and gas extraction and renewable energy. These are Colorado's trust lands. Outfitters, clubs and individuals control recreational access on 5% of the remaining 80%. These are the first steps in a multi-year effort to double the size of the Public Access Program. Unable to load //co-trustlands.maps.arcgis.com/sharing/rest/portals/self?f=json status: 0 Thus, the Board of Land Commissioners has asked the Office of State Lands and Investments (OSLI) to work with its land users to determine if any administrative relief exists on a case by case basis. NASTL's services and activities assist states in managing assets that help fund public education. The state of Colorado currently provides public hunting and fishing access on a mere 20 percent of its state trust lands, or approximately 480,000 of 3 million acres. Realtor’s frequently list offerings as adjacent to “state land, public open space, or conserved property,” thereby leading potential buyers to assume that trust lands are public lands open for all types of public recreation. The State Land Board leases most properties for other uses as well, such as livestock grazing, farming, or mining. 36-1-112), trust lands are closed to all entry or use unless prior written permission has been obtained from the State Land Board. These state-owned lands don’t just sit there but are used for a specific purpose — to generate revenue and provide financial support for Colorado public schools (K-12) and other public institutions. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a nationally recognized leader in conservation, outdoor … Unless posted on property, all other recreational uses are prohibited. Liz was born and raised in the California Coast Range and was lucky to live in the hills of the relatively small (by Bay Area standards) town of Los Gatos with a park behind her house. Dave Young. (First is the Federal Government.) They can be open to a variety of uses. The Colorado chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers recently appointed Liz Rose to serve as Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) State Trust Lands Liaison. These lands were given to the state to generate money to support Colorado… Failure to abide by these rules may result in temporary or permanent closure to future public use. All trust land in Colorado, including properties designated into the Stewardship Trust, are leased for assorted purposes to earn income for public schools. Not all trust lands allow public recreation. Like any lease, a trust land property enrolled in the PAP can be removed from the program if there concerns that cannot be resolved. Click here for more information on private recreational leases. If you are using trust land where public access is allowed, please be respectful of other authorized uses and help maintain property resources. 90 for 11 miles to Apishapa State Wildlife Area. Approximately 400,000 acres of trust lands are leased for private recreational use (e.g. This land was to be used by the new state to help create revenue and pay for publicly-owned institutions like schools, hospitals, and prisons. Below is a select list of leases that allow public recreation on trust lands. 95% of your lease payments support Colorado schools. View the entire lease contract. What is Colorado State Trust Land? (That’s four percent of our state’s 66.5 million acres.) Per Colorado law (C.R.S. Creativity – we are focused on creating, championing, and celebrating conservation-minded […] Trust lands are held in a trust to support K-12 public education and other specific state institutions; all uses require a lease or permit from the State Land Board. This land -- called trust land -- is not open to the public. Most properties are open for wildlife-related recreation from Sept. 1 through the end of February, unless listed otherwise in this brochure. Read more about public access on trust land. Please turn on JavaScript and try again. The state of Colorado currently provides public hunting and fishing access on a mere 16 percent of its state trust lands, or approximately 480,000 of 3 million acres. The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is holding the first orientation meeting of the Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board (Board). (That’s four percent of our state’s 66.5 million acres.) Don’t jeopardize access for responsible users by ignoring rules and regulations. Public Access Lands are located all around Colorado. Liz Rose; Published on Jul 7, 2019 5:00AM MDT State Trust Lands in Colorado currently total nearly 3 million surface acres, but you can't hunt or recreate on all of it. Rd. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has expanded the amount of state trust land open for public access hunting this fall by more than a third with the addition of 210,000 acres. Colorado Open Lands is one of Colorado's most impactful non-profit land conservation organizations. Lands enrolled in the Public Access Program are open to a variety of wildlife-related uses, including hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing. Elk numbers are limited in the wildlife area but the land is rugged and solitude is common. For $200, anyone can buy a Lifetime Habitat Stamp. Juan De La Roca was ready to leave Colorado behind. For specific information on where you can hunt or not, please visit the Colorado Hunting Atlas web page. All trust lands are managed to provide financial support to important public institutions, primarily K-12 public education. Go south on 27th Lane until it turns into Doyle Road. There are approximately 3.2 million surface acres of Trust Lands in Colorado. On July 18, 2019, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved a multi-year. private hunting, horseback riding, etc). Colorado received two sections per township totalling four million acres at statehood in 1876. Colorado received two sections per township totalling four million acres at statehood in 1876. From Walsenburg take I-25 exit to Hwy. State Trust Lands include about three million acres of state-owned lands used for a specific purpose — to generate revenue and provide financial support for Colorado public schools (K-12) and other public institutions. 98% of trust land is leased for agriculture. The public can access trust land only when the property is leased for recreation. We've earned $2 billion for Colorado public schools by leasing trust lands. In Colorado, all State Trust Lands are required to be income producing for the State educational system. In some cases there are other minor institutional beneficiaries as well, but the public schools (K–12) are by far the largest beneficiary throughout the state trust land system. In past years, Trust Lands have been administered by the State Board of Land Commissioners with exclusive access privileges being delegated to the lessee of a particular parcel of land. ​, More Information:​​ State Land Board website, The State Trust Land Public Access Program includes lands that are leased for the public to enjoy wildlife-related activities in these areas. Violation of any rules, regulations, and restrictions may result in legal action and/or fines. Our Geographic Information System (GIS) is publicly available and provides a catalog of: All surface trust land (2.8 million acres) All trust mineral estate (4 million acres) Ownership records for all trust surface land and mineral estate All current lease records on trust assets And more! The State of Colorado is the second largest land owner in Colorado. On trust land properties leased for public recreation, users must abide by all applicable federal, state and local laws, and follow site specific rules and regulations set by the State Land Board and the managing lessee/partner. Rd. Public access for wildlife-related recreation on 774,000 acres of State Trust Land (STL) is made possible through the Public Access Program, a lease agreement between the State Land Board and Colorado Parks & Wildlife. 33-6-116). Colorado sportsmen, women would have another 100,000 acres of range to roam if additional state trust lands are made public Colorado has 2.8 million acres of state trust lands… Colorado Trust Lands Managing Agency: Colorado State Land Board Acres: 2.8 million surface; 4 million mineral; Major Beneficiaries: Public Schools (98% assets; 95% of revenues) Total Revenue in 2019: $181,543,945 Total Distributions in 2019: $105,841,584 Major Earning Assets: 8,000 active leases Sovereign Land Acres: 26 . Colorado’s 2.8 million acres of state trust land—along with its 4 million acres of mineral assets — help fund K-12 education statewide through leases for agriculture, grazing, oil and mineral development, renewable energy development, and various types of recreation. Please be respectful of these other authorized uses on these lands. The public can access trust land only when the property is leased for public recreation. Signs located at each property provide greater detail on rules and regulations. Stay tuned for a comment form. This represents the lowest level of public access offered on state trust land in any state in the West. This is misleading. CPW is responsible for ensuring that sportsmen comply with the rules and regulations of the lease. Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners, also known as the State Land Board. The State Land Board owns 2.8 million acres of land in Colorado. Public access on trust land. The lands are managed by the State Land Board. The Commission represents the statewide public interest to ensure that trustees operate their grants in conformance with the California Constitution, applicable granting statutes, and the Public Trust Doctrine. 303-866-3454  x 3342abraham.medina@state.co.us. That land is overseen by the State Trust Land board. About 16 percent of the roughly 2.8 million acres of state trust lands in Colorado is landlocked, meaning the land can’t be reached by public roads. Public access for wildlife-related recreation on 774,000 acres of State Trust Land (STL) is made possible through the Public Access Program, a lease agreement between the State Land Board and Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Twenty-four years later, a bit less than 20 percent (~485,000 acres) of Colorado’s state trust lands are open to the general public, via a lease funded by hunter and angler license fees. We use only 5% to fund our operations because we receive no tax dollars. Follow signs through wildlife area to northeast side and parking lot. Designated Stewardship Properties are leased for agriculture, mining, oil and gas development, and more, and we ensure the identified natural values are protected. The state of Colorado currently provides public hunting and fishing access on a mere 20 percent of its state trust lands, or approximately 500,000 of 3 million acres.This represents the lowest level of public access offered on state trust land in any state in the West. The listings on the following pages provide information regarding allowable uses, site-specific rules and timeframes for use. The rule affects more than 350 State Wildlife Areas and nearly 240 State Trust Lands managed statewide by CPW. The expansion to 580,000 acres will happen through Colorado’s State Trust Lands. As table one shows, the state trust lands total about 135 million acres, a figure that goes up to about 153 million acres if you include the severed mineral estate. The Colorado State Trust Lands Initiative, was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved.The measure modified the State Land Board by making it the trustee for the lands granted to or held by the state in public trust with an emphasis on school lands. Read more about the expansion. 100 While around two-thirds of Colorado state trust land (surface acreage) is located east of Interstate 25, the majority leased to CPW for public recreation is located west of Sagebrush & Sage Species Conservation Strategy, expansion of the Public Access Program​, Colorado ​​​Recreational Lands Brochure index. The State Land Board owns 2.8 million acres of land in Colorado. Today we still own 2.8 million acres of trust land and the Colorado State Land Board is the state agency that manages the trust and uses the land to help fund Colorado public schools. In addition to the state wildlife areas, several state trust lands are located in the Colorado Springs area. This is a big win for hunters and anglers! Recreational Uses Allowed: Seasonal hunting and fishing access on enrolled properties. Sportsmen must be respectful of other visitors, permit holders, and authorized uses on state trust land. However, in many states, lands are also held in trust for other beneficiaries, which usually include state universities, public hospitals, schools for the deaf and blind, public buildings, and correctional facilities. The State of Colorado is the second largest land owner in Colorado. From Pueblo go east on US 50 to 27th Lane. CPW holds a unique, 770,000-acre lease for the PAP in order to make trust land publicly accessible to sportsmen. As described above, you must have a permit or lease from the State Land Board to use trust lands, or the property must be part of a government lease that allows public recreation. While granted public trust lands and assets are managed locally, the Legislature delegated the state’s residual and review authority for granted lands to the Commission. You can view the data in several ways: The SITLA Oil and Gas, and Minerals groups held their quarterly lease offering in October generating approximately $400,000 for three trust land beneficiaries: public schools, state reservoirs, and the University of Utah. View map of recreation leases on trust land, View map of sportsmen access on trust land, CPW information about public hunting/fishing on trust land, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado: State & National Resources, Click here to find out more about the PAP. Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Commission is opening 100,000 additional acres of state trust lands to hunters and anglers, beginning this fall. The beneficiaries of state trust land vary from state to state depending upon the purposes for which the lands were granted. Trust land acreage enrolled in the PAP is continuing to expand. State Trust Lands are not open "Public" lands in the true sense such as US Forest Service lands are. Lease/Agreement Type: Long-term public recreation lease. State trust land managers lease and sell these lands to generate revenue for current and future designated beneficiaries. We welcome comments from our agriculture lessees regarding the Public Access Program (PAP). Recreational Uses Allowed: Year-round public recreation. In Colorado’s case, they joined the union in 1876 and was endowed almost 3 million acres. When Colorado was admitted into the Union in 1876, it was granted ownership of 3,686,000 acres of land previously owned by the federal government. We are committed to protecting land and water forever. The Colorado State Trust Lands Initiative, was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved.The measure modified the State Land Board by making it the trustee for the lands granted to or held by the state in public trust with an emphasis on school lands. As the state trust land expansion continues, it will open up an additional 980,000 acres, giving hunters and anglers seasonal access to roughly 35% of the state’s trust lands, according to BHA. Agricultural interests lease the majority of the remaining 75%. Click here to find out more about the PAP. The National Association of State Trust Lands is a non-profit consortium of Administrators of State-owned Trust Lands totaling more than 500 million acres of public and school trust lands in 21 western states. View the Colorado Hunting Atlas to determine where you can hunt on trust lands. The State Land Board earns money for Colorado public schools by leasing trust land and minerals. For more information, please see the Colorado ​​​Recreational Lands Brochure index​, descriptions, and maps​. Unauthorized use or activity on these lands may be subject to enforcement from CPW officers or local authorities. Agricultural interests lease the majority of the remaining 75%. ​​State Trust Lands in Colorado currently total nearly 3 million surface acres, but you can't hunt or recreate on all of it. Four years ago, we were driving through some country roads outside of Craig, Colorado, scouting for elk. This represents the lowest level of public access offered on state trust land in any state in the West. Coming soon: a new state park in southern Colorado. Violators are subject to penalties and fines, and if wildlife related, may include the loss of hunting and fishing privileges. Pueblo County State Trust Lands Saint Charles - GMU 128 Pueblo County State Wildlife Areas Lake Beckwith Pueblo Reservoir Runyon/Fountain Lakes Pueblo County State Fish Unit Pueblo. Access our map server to look up trust land records. 2.8 million acres of trust land in Colorado earns revenue for public schools. Email: treasurer.young@state.co.us Great Colorado Payback - Colorado's Unclaimed Property Program Colorado Parks and Wildlife said last week that about 77,200 acres will be added to the 480,000 acres of state trust lands currently open to hunting and fishing from September through February. The trust mandates established by the U.S. Congress and the states are clear: to generate revenue to support the public schools and other institutions. The expansion will add up to 100,000 acres of State Trust Land to the program, which will be available to access by the fall 2019 hunting season. Lessee/Partner: Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Lease/Agreement Type: Cooperative Management Agreement, Recreational Uses Allowed: Seasonal camping and off-road motor vehicle use, Lessee/Partner: Bureau of Land Management, Lease/Agreement Type: Memorandum of Understanding, Recreational Uses Allowed: Public hiking access to scenic waterfall, Lessee/Partner: Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Lease/Agreement Type: Long-term limited use lease. These are Colorado's trust lands. ACRES: 1,880; OPEN: Sept. 1 - Feb. 28 All trust lands are managed to provide financial support to important state institutions, primarily K-12 public education. Sportsmen access to 770,00 acres of state trust land is made possible through the Public Access Program (PAP), a lease agreement between the State Land Board and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). It looks like your browser does not have JavaScript enabled. 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