Open Lands Rivers and Trails Advisory Committee

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All meetings are open to the public, please click here to view the Advisory Committee meeting schedule.

District 3 Representative Vacancy

Grand County Board of County Commissioners is soliciting a Commissioner District 3 representative to fill a vacancy on the Open Lands, Rivers, and Trails Advisory Committee through April 2021, with an option to extend for a second four-year term.  Members of the Committee are compensated for their services. To qualify, you must be a resident of Grand County, preferably in unincorporated Commissioner District 3. Please submit questions and proposals to olrtac@co.grand.co.us. This position remains open until filled.  

Purpose of the Open Lands, Rivers and Trails Fund:

Keeping water in the Colorado River and other rivers for agriculture, ranching and outdoor recreation.

To the protection, conservation, and acquisition of agricultural lands, natural areas, scenic open lands, wildlife habitat, wetlands, and river access.

To the maintenance of hiking and biking trails.

Eligible Grant Applicants:

Grand County, incorporated municipalities located within Grand County, and qualified nonprofit land conservation organizations as defined at 26 U.S.C §170(h)(3) or as accredited to hold conservation easements by the Land Trust Alliance Commission may submit grant applications requesting funding for the following: less than fee interests in real property, fee simple or water rights acquisition.

Grand County, incorporated municipalities located within Grand County, and nonprofit organizations may submit grant applications requesting funding for the maintenance of hiking and biking trails. Funding for trail maintenance purposes is capped at 15% of the funds available for grant awards.

Partnerships with municipalities or County can also apply.

How to Apply:

The Open Lands, Rivers and Trails Fund is administered by the Grand County Board of County Commissioners through recommendations of a nine-member Advisory Committee composed of equal representation from the agricultural, land conservation, outdoor recreation, water, business, and economic development communities.

To apply, please first review the Open Lands Rivers and Trails Bylaws dated December 4th, 2018. These bylaws include General Evaluation Criteria (Attachment II), which all grant applicants should review closely. In addition to reviewing the bylaws, please read the two Resolutions dated August 18th, 2016 and January 26th, 2017. Trails groups, please review the Trails FAQ document, accessed by clicking here. Review the grant ranking criteria below. Applications for the Fall 2019 grant cycle will be posted on August 14, 2019.

Grant Ranking Criteria for Open Lands Grants
Grant Ranking Criteria for River Grants
Grant Ranking Criteria for Trails Grants

When to Apply?

Fall 2019 Grant Cycle
August 14, 2019: Applications posted
September 25, 2019: Applications due
November 4, 2019: OLRTAC makes recommendations to Grand County BOCC

Spring 2020 Grant Cycle
February 3, 2020: Applications posted
March 13, 2020: Applications due

Fall 2020 Grant Cycle
August 10, 2020: Applications posted
September 18, 2020: Applications due

Grant Reporting

If you received a grant award during the Fall 2018 grant cycle, you must submit a final grant report no later than September 12, 2019 (or as determined by the MOU with Grand County) to be considered eligible to apply for the Fall 2019 grant cycle. Click here to download the Fall 2018 Grant Report.

Questions?

Contact Anna Drexler-Dreis (Administrator): aldrexler@gmail.com or (414) 305-8422.
Please email completed application(s) and grant report(s) to the Open Lands, Rivers, and Trails Advisory Committee at olrtac@co.grand.co.us

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Advisory Committee Members

Paul Bruchez (District 2 Rep), Chair

Mike Crosby (Hot Sulphur Springs Rep), Vice-Chair

Cindy Southway (Grant Lake Rep), Treasurer

Joanna Goodman (Winter Park Rep), Secretary

Maura McKnight (Fraser Rep)

Jeff Miller (Kremmling Rep)

Bob Saint (Granby Rep)

Steve Sears (District 1 Rep)

Vacant (District 3 Rep)