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CASB Serving You, 10Sep21

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September 10, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

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Region 1 - 9/13 in Brush (register)


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Wednesday, September 08, 2021

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CASB Serving You, 27Aug21

CASB Serving You!

August 27, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

  • CASB Regional Meetings are now underway! Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect with your peers in person this fall:

Region 1 - 9/13 in Brush (register)


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Letter from CASB representative on CHSAA Board of Directors

Letter from CASB representative on CHSAA Board of Directors

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The Scoop, 25Aug2021

 
 
 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

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CASB Serving You, 20Aug21

CASB Serving You!

August 20, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

  • Join CASB, CDE, and CSFP for the next free CASB Conversations webinar that will focus on "What You Need to Know About the Mill Levy Correction" on Monday, August 23 at 3pmRegister on our website.
  • Attention Policy Governance member boards — on Thursday, August 26, at 6:00pm there is a free CASB Conversations webinar: Policy Governance New School Year ChecklistRegister on our website (member login required).
  • CASB Regional Meetings are taking place in September-October and are a great opportunity to connect with your peers in person this fall:

Region 1 - 9/13 in Brush (register)


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CASB Serving You, 13Aug21

CASB Serving You!

August 13, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

  • Join CASB, CDE, and CSFP for the next free CASB Conversations webinar that will focus on "What You Need to Know About the Mill Levy Correction" on Monday, August 23 at 3pm. Register on our website.
  • Attention Policy Governance member boards — on Thursday, August 26, at 6:00pm there is a free CASB Conversations webinar: Policy Governance New School Year Checklist. Register on our website (member login required).
  • CASB Regional Meetings are taking place in September-October and are a great opportunity to connect with your peers in person this fall:

Region 1 - 9/13 in Brush (register)


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Early Childhood Learning Commission

Department of Early Childhood Transition Planning Newsletter

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This Month's Newsletter At-A-Glance

 

 

A Message from the ECLC

Thank you to all of those who have been actively participating in the process to create a new, unified department to oversee the state’s early childhood education systems, including a voluntary universal preschool program. We value your engagement in this process; it’s integral to shaping the future of the system to benefit our youngest learners, their families, and their education and care providers.

Thank you to everyone who joined us last evening for our first monthly Town Hall; if you weren't able to join, you can review the recording here, and we hope to see you next month. 


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CASB Serving You, 6Aug21

CASB Serving You!

August 6, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

  •  CASB Regional Meetings are taking place in September-October and are a great opportunity to connect with your peers in person this fall:


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Field Notes: A Quarterly Newsletter from the Colorado State Land Board

Summer 2021

 
IN THIS ISSUE ...
 
$297 MILLION IN SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION GRANTS ANNOUNCED

Trust land is leased to earn income for Colorado public schools. We're proud to be the primary funding source for the Department of Education's Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program, which provides capital construction grants to schools.

In May, BEST announced its list of 2021-22 construction projects to receive grants: 41 school districts across Colorado are recommended to receive $297 million in grants to build new schools or make renovations. View the full list of 20211-22 recommended projects.

“Our new school is a source of pride for our community," said Kendra Anderson, who was Superintendent at Otis School District R-3 when the community received a $17 million grant to build a new pre K-12 school in 2017. "Students come to a safe and healthy environment each day and have access to technologies that they didn’t have in the old facilities. The district has doubled in students living in poverty in just a few years. For some students, this is the nicest environment that they exist in."

Watch our 90-second video to learn more how trust land is leased to earn money for schools:
 
 
MILE HIGH YOUTH CORPS VOLUNTEERS REPAIR FENCES AT LOWRY RANCH 
Nick Trainor Mentors Youth  

 
Seven young adults from Mile High Youth Corps volunteered to repair fencing at Lowry Ranch, a 26,000-acre property located east of Denver in Arapahoe County. Working in nearly 100-degree heat in mid-June, the volunteers received guidance from Nick Trainor, owner/operator of Trainor Cattle Company, who leases the property for grazing. The volunteers removed old, unnecessary fencing to improve wildlife movements in the riparian corridor.

Rotational grazing is a method in which ranchers manage their herds such that the cattle sequentially graze only one area of land at time while the remainder of the property's land rests. Ranchers do so by strategically sectioning the land with fences. Most ranchers see reduced costs and increased profit from rotational grazing systems. Plus, the land is left in better condition.

“Grazing leases are a huge part of land stewardship for us. Grazing improves the land over time if you do it right," said William Woolston, Field Operations Supervisor for the State Land Board. "Nick is getting it done right at Lowry. It's fantastic that he is sharing his knowledge in rangeland management with young people."


[Photos courtesy of Raquel Wertsbaugh.]
 
AVOID HUMAN-CAUSED FIRES 

Like many destinations in the West, Colorado is forecasting a warm, dry summer. Be careful with campfires and check local restrictions before enjoying a campfire, fireworks, or other activities that use an open flame.

Nearly one million acres of trust land is accessible to sportsmen and anglers for limited, seasonal hunting and fishing through the Public Access Program, which is managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). But natural events can affect sportsmen's ability to access hunting grounds. Fires, mudslides, tree mitigation, and other events can occur anytime, closing campgrounds, roads, and trails.

Before you head out, be sure to check with land management agencies for the latest information. If you have questions about licenses, or general questions about fire restrictions or hunting, contact your local CPW office.


Watch a quick video about campfire guidelines:

 
 
NFWF GRANTS $668,000 FOR TWO HABITAT PROJECTS ON TRUST LAND

Two habitat restoration projects on trust land properties are being funded, in part, from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Restoration and Stewardship of Outdoor Resources (RESTOREColorado grant program. Central Colorado Conservancy's project titled “Restoring Riparian and Wetland Habitat to Benefit Trout Spawning in Badger Creek” received a $390,000 grant. Montezuma Land Conservancy’s “Restoring Sagebrush Shrubland for Sage-Grouse and Big Game Habitat” project received a $278,000 grant.

Both groups will work collaboratively with the State Land Board, private landowners, and other government agencies to achieve habitat improvement goals on state trust land as well as adjacent lands.

At Badger Creek Headwaters watershed, Central Colorado Conservancy and the Badger Creek Partnership will improve 8,909 acres of rangeland habitat. They'll restore 6.7 miles of stream geomorphology and 85 acres of wetlands, reconnect 142 acres of floodplain and native riparian vegetation, and build 1.6 miles of livestock fencing. The completed demonstration project pictured right shows a successfully restored riparian habitat 
led by Badger Creek Partnership.

Montezuma Land Conservancy will enhance Gunnison sage grouse and working lands resilience in sagebrush shrublands. Their mesic restoration project in San Miguel County includes installing 100 Zeedyk structures (pictured below). Zeedyks are hand-built rock formations that restore the hydrologic and ecological function of wet meadows.

"This important work will restore riparian and wetland areas, improve grazing capacity, and enhance habitat on trust land," said Lindsey Brandt, Stewardship Trust Manager for the State Land Board. "We're thrilled that these partners are leveraging grant money from RESTORE to improve the habitat on trust land."

RESTORE funds at-scale habitat restoration, expansion, and improvement projects across priority landscapes in Colorado. RESTORE awarded more than $3 million to ten recipients this year. 
Read more about RESTORE and the ten funded projects.
 
30,000 ACRES OF TRUST LAND DESIGNATED INTO CPW'S NATURAL AREAS PROGRAM

Twenty-four parcels of state trust land totaling more than 30,000 acres are designated into the Colorado Natural Areas Program (CNAP)

CNAP is a statewide program managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The CNAP team focuses on the recognition and protection of areas that contain at least one unique or high-quality natural feature of statewide significance. CNAP works cooperatively with landowners to identify, monitor, and protect a system of natural areas representing a diverse spectrum of Colorado's natural heritage.

Check out CNAP's interactive map that describes the attributes of each property:

 
ONLINE CUSTOMER PORTAL: slb.colorado.gov/customer-portal

Want to pay your bills online? Use the customer portal to pay open invoices on active leases using a credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or an electronic check. The customer portal is an easy, fast, and secure way to pay your rent.
  • Already have an account? Log in.
  • Want to create a customer portal account? Join now
 
HELP US MITIGATE NOXIOUS WEEDS ON TRUST LAND
Medusahead and myrtle spurge


The State Land Board partners with lessees to manage noxious weeds on trust lands. We follow the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s noxious weed list that puts weeds into management categories. Contact your district manager if you have questions about, or need support in, managing noxious weeds. We may be able to offer weed mitigation cost-sharing.

Help us eradicate these two noxious weeds:

Medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae) is a winter annual grass native to Europe and Asia. Medusahead infestations displace native vegetation and can greatly reduce carrying capacity of rangelands for domestic livestock. The barbs or awns on the seed head can cause puncture wounds to grazing animals, as well as cling to the feet and fur of animals or hikers’ socks. The yellowish-green sheen of dense stands is highly visible after other annual grasses turn brown.

Identifying attributes:
  • Stems are wiry and slender with a few short leaves
  • Awns are long and twisted
  • Mature grass grows 6" to 24" tall 
Myrtle spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites) is a low-growing perennial with trailing fleshy stems. Myrtle spurge spreads by seed, and plants are capable of projecting seeds up to 15 feet. The plant grows from a taproot, with new stems emerging in early spring and dying back in the winter. Myrtle spurge contains a toxic, milky sap which can cause severe skin irritations, including blistering. This plant is poisonous if ingested and causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

 Identifying attributes:
  • Leaves are fleshy, blue-green and alternate
  • Flowers are inconspicuous with yellow-green, petal-like bracts that appear from March to May 
  • Plants can grow up to 8" to 12" high and 12" to 18" in width
[Source and photo credits: Colorado Department of Agriculture]
 
HELPFUL LINKS

Use our maps to look up land
View your account online
Contact us with questions/comments
Join us at board meetings and/or read the meeting minutes

The Scoop, 4 August 2021

 
 
 

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

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The Scoop, 28Jul21

 
 
 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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CASB Serving You, 30Jul21

CASB Serving You!

July 30, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

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Ed Review_07/23/21

 

July 23, 2021

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CASB Serving You, 23Jul21

CASB Serving You!

July 23, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

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The Scoop

 
 
 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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CASB Serving You, 16Jul21

CASB Serving You!

July 16, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

  • Registration for the 81st Annual CASB Convention: Resilient, Ready, Relentless for Colorado Students and Broadmoor Hotel opens for priority districts on Monday, July 19. Districts that did not receive first priority access to the Broadmoor Hotel rooms via the lottery process in 2019 and have indicated an interest in the hotel reservation process will have the first opportunity to register and access rooms prior to the regular registration process that will open the week of August 2.


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ED Review_07/09/21

 

 

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The Scoop_June 30, 2021

 
 
 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

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CASB Serving You, 25Jun21

CASB Serving You!

June 25, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

 

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