Lessee Awards

Our agency partners with thousands of lessees on a variety of lease activities.  We present three annual awards to exemplary lessees.  Winners were presented with their awards at the December 2017 board meeting. 2018 winners will be contacted in fall 2018.

Lessee of the Year Award

This premier award is granted to an exemplary State Land Board lessee.  The lessee has a demonstrated superior stewardship practices, worked cooperatively with agency staff, and helped generate revenue for the agency’s beneficiaries.

The 2017 winner is the Tanner Cattle Company, LLC, for their lease of Bohart Ranch in El Paso County.

Legacy Lessee Award

In the spirit of encouraging and fostering the next generation of agriculture leaders in the state of Colorado, this award is granted to a State Land Board lessee who has ‘assigned’ their lease to a non-familial younger lessee (a lessee 40-years-old or younger).

The 2017 winner is the Everitt family for their lease assignment to Prairie School RE-11J in New Raymer. 

Bloom Stewardship Award

This award is granted to a State Land Board lessee who has demonstrated exceptional stewardship practices.  Award winners are recognized for their commitment to protecting the environment while maintaining profitable operations.  The Bloom Stewardship Award winner is notable for their desire to leave the land in better shape for future generations.  This award is named in recognition of former State Land Board Commissioner Mike Bloom for her tireless dedication to sound stewardship practices in support of the agency’s beneficiaries.

The 2017 winner is the Trainor Cattle Company, LLC, for the lease of Lowry Ranch in Arapahoe County.