Stewardship Overview

The Colorado State Land Board owns, stewards, and leases four million acres of trust land in order to earn money for Colorado public schools. We've earned $1.4 billion for school kids in the past decade.

Responsible stewardship matters to us because trust lands need to generate revenue not only for today's students, but also for future generations of schoolchildren.

Read our stewardship report.

We use a suite of tools to enhance short and long-term stewardship outcomes on state trust lands:

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Our Mission

We are guided by our Constitutional mission and four bold goals laid out in our 2026 Strategic Plan. 

One of these goals is about real property stewardship: to protect and enhance the long-term economic value of the trust’s physical assets: land, water, commercial real estate, and mineral estate.

Read the full plan

Defining Stewardship

We know that the term stewardship can mean a number of things to different people.

Our agency defines stewardship as "an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources." Read our strategic plan for other helpful operating definitions. 

Lease Stewardship Stipulations

Our lessees must comply with all local, state, and federal regulations, and they are required to obtain necessary local, state, and federal permits. Additionally, all of our lessees are required to follow our site-specific stewardship stipulations. Violating stewardship stipulations may result in lease termination. 

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is the regulatory agency for oil and gas development in the State of Colorado. The State Land Board is a separate agency from the COGCC. Our agency and our lessees are subject to the same local, state, and federal rules and requirements as any private land owner.

Watch our short video about stewardship stipulations for oil and gas leases: