In Colorado, we are fortunate to have a state-based fund to advance conservation 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. However, this fund will only continue if the Colorado Lottery is in place. This year the state legislature will decide whether to reauthorize the lottery.
Keep it Colorado
The Nature Conservancy is a leading partner of Keep It Colorado, a coalition working to get the Colorado Lottery reauthorized by the Legislature in 2018 and allow GOCO to continue its tradition of preserving Colorado’s amazing outdoors.
By signing up, you join the Conservancy in supporting a sustainable source of funding to protect Colorado’s outdoors and the quality of life that makes this state unique.
In 1990 the Great Outdoors Colorado Citizens Committee was convened to figure out what the state should do to sustain and enhance outdoor resources—parks, trails, wildlife and open space—for the future. The group consisted of conservation, business and political leaders from across Colorado, including The Nature Conservancy. After an extensive public process, the committee issued recommendations that included establishing a trust fund to invest in the future of Colorado’s outdoors. This initiative was approved through a ballot measure in 1992 which directed a portion of lottery proceeds to the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund.
Since then, GOCO has committed more than $1.1 billion in lottery proceeds to more than 5,000 projects in all 64 counties.
When Colorado voters approved a state lottery in 1980, the General Assembly created a Lottery Division in the State Department of Revenue to administer the program. The Lottery Division is set to expire in 2024 unless extended by the General Assembly, which will consider the extension during its 2018 session.