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The Stewardship Trust is a special management designation placed by the Board on state trust lands containing the highest natural values of beauty, open space, wildlife habitat, rare plants, geologic features and/or paleontological and historic features.
Between 2000 and 2014, about 10% of the original designated lands were removed from the Stewardship Trust. On many cases, this land was sold to federal, state or local jurisdictions and contributed to the creation of national parks, county parks and federal wildlife areas.
In May 2015, the Board completed a three-year comprehensive review of the Stewardship Trust and approved a change of 7% (22,471 acres) of the designated lands based on updated information on the properties’ overall natural values and an extensive public comment process. New designations included state trust lands containing extreme rich fens, rare plants, riparian values, and important wildlife habitat for Gunnison sage grouse, greater sage grouse, lesser prairie chickens and Rio Grande cutthroat trout.