Salazar wants federal version of Great Outdoors Colorado


Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he hopes to use the Great Outdoors Colorado model on the federal level to protect scenic landscapes across the country.

Landscape protections are one of the “moonshots” that Salazar, a former Colorado senator, said he hoped to accomplish as he begins his tenure as the nation’s 50th Interior Department secretary.

…Colorado uses lottery proceeds to purchase lands and easements, and it supplements other efforts to keep lands in their natural state.

Among the possibilities, he said, were the Land and Water Conservation Fund, whose revenues have declined since it was established in the 1960s, and reforms to the federal mineral-royalties system.