The North Pole Basin project was completed due to the diligent efforts and collaboration of public and private funding partners. Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) was the lead funder, awarding $700,000 to the Crested Butte Land Trust. GOCO was created by Colorado voters in 1992 to use Colorado Lottery revenues to preserve, protect, enhance and help manage the state’s wildlife, parks, rivers, trails and open spaces. Click here to learn more about the North Pole Basin project.
We are gracious for the support of 1% for Open Space. 1% funds a variety of projects in Gunnison County, with money from select businesses committed to collecting a voluntary 1% donation from their customers, which is then sent to and managed by 1%. The Land Trust, along with many other organizations, then formally requests funds, the distribution of which the Board of 1% considers several times a year. Recently, they generously awarded the Land Trust $78,000 for the preservation of the North Pole Basin. The property boasts incredible cascading waterfalls and a dizzying array of summer wildflowers. Click here to learn more about the North Pole Basin project.
The Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley believes that nonprofits define the character of our Valley, and that everyone can be a philanthropist. In the Foundation’s 2013 grant cycle, the Land Trust received an award of $3,000 to complete a feasibility study to determine the best approach for converting a portion of the conserved Niccoli Ranch into a community farm and educational facility.
The Town of Crested Butte is exploring direct and creative ways to participate in the Crested Butte Land Trust’s efforts to protect 100-acres in the Slate River Valley. This project provides a vital link between previously preserved parcels including Gunsight Bridge and Kochevar, and will be a fantastic opportunity to engage the public on protected lands.