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State grant helps to permanently conserve 272-acre Doig Homestead
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DENVER – The GOCO Board awarded Summit County a $675,000 grant on Thursday to permanently conserve the 272-acre Doig Homestead.
The project is funded by GOCO’s open space grant program, which funds public and private land conservation. Projects sustain local agriculture and economies, give outdoor recreationists a place to play (or simply enjoy the view), protect wildlife habitat, and safeguard the state’s water supply.
The Doig Homestead, located north of Silverthorne, is in the only remaining part of Summit County that is still home to active agricultural production. The county will continue leasing the land for agricultural use and is considering opening a portion to public access to reach the surrounding United States Forest Service trails.
The project will also preserve scenic views from Highway 9; the property serves as a visual backdrop between Green Mountain Reservoir and Eagles Nest Wilderness. Doig also provides habitat for deer and elk populations.
Summit County used open space tax revenues to purchase the property from one of the original homesteading families in the area, and GOCO funding will help the county continue its land conservation efforts as open space revenues build back up.
To date, GOCO has invested $6.7 million in Summit County projects and has conserved more than 1,300 acres of land in the county. GOCO funding has supported Dillon Valley Elementary School’s playground, the Golden Horseshoe and Blue River trails, and Cow Camp Open Space, among other projects.
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 4,800 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. Visit GOCO.org for more information.