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Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area
Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area
Cattail Chorus Natural Area
Cattail Chorus Natural Area
Arapaho Bend Natural Area
Arapaho Bend Natural Area

The Fort Collins Natural Areas Program has been fortunate in receiving grants to extend its buying power. Granting agencies often require applicants to contribute some type of match - either funds or in-kind services. The natural areas and open space taxes have given Fort Collins the needed matching funds to obtain significant grants.

To date, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) has awarded Fort Collins $50,000 for interpretive features and over $2 million to help acquire the following sites:

  • Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area
  • McMurry Natural Area
  • Nix Natural Area
  • Cattail Chorus Natural Area
  • Running Deer Natural Area
  • Long View Farm Open Space (jointly owned with Larimer County)
  • A dryland wheat farm south of Fort Collins (jointly owned with Larimer County and City of Loveland).

Over the years, other granting agencies have provided over $30,000 for fishing piers, plantings, weed control, education projects and equipment, and other activities.

As of the end of 2003, the City of Fort Collins has conserved 11,472 acres of natural areas and open space worth over $44 million.
Conservation projects in 2003 included the following:

  • Acquisition, jointly with Larimer County, of the final 10-acre parcel of the 460-acre Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space near I-25 and Carpenter Road
  • Acquisition of a 82-acre conservation easement on the north side of Fossil Creek Reservoir to provide a habitat protection buffer and protect a bald eagle night roost
  • Purchase, from Fort Collins Utilities, of 156 acres of the former Resource Recovery Farm near I-25 and Prospect Road
  • Acceptance, from Larimer County, of the original 27 acres of McMurry Natural Area along the Poudre River near Lee Martinez Park
  • Acquisition, jointly with Larimer County, of the 1,545-acre Indian Creek parcel of Devil’s Backbone Open Space
  • An agreement to lease/purchase Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, a 2,470-acre ranch in the foothills southwest of Masonville, over the next four years
  • A commitment to partner with Larimer County in acquiring a 209-acre agriculture conservation easement south of Wellington

Taxes at Work: Natural Areas Revenues and Expenditures in 2003...>> (PDF/227K)