Media

Members of the media inquiring with the Colorado State Land Board should contact Kristin Kemp, Outreach and Communication Officer.

Kristin Kemp
Outreach and Communication Officer
kristin.kemp@state.co.us
O: 303-866-3454 x3330
C: 720-666-0437 

Helpful links for reporters

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Press guidelines for lessees 

It is at your discretion to share or not share your personal records. You may wish to consult an attorney before sharing records.

The Land Board recommends and requests that you ask the journalist to submit a formal Colorado Open Records Act request in order to obtain a copy of a lease with the Land Board. 

Also, please keep in mind that you are never required to speak with journalists; anybody may respectfully decline to comment at anytime.  

It is at your discretion to speak with the journalist, though the Land Board recommends and requests that you forward the inquiry to us. Please ask the journalist to contact Kristin Kemp, Outreach and Communications Officer.

Kristin Kemp
Outreach and Communications Officer
State Land Board
Office: 303-866-3454 x3330
Cell: 720-666-0437
kristin.kemp@state.co.us

Also, please keep in mind that you are never required to speak with journalists; anybody may respectfully decline to comment at anytime.  

It is at your discretion to share or not share your work with journalists. If there is no direct question about the land or mineral estate owned by the Land Board and no direct question about your lease with the Land Board, we have no reason to be involved. 

Trust land is not public land. You are not required to grant access to the journalist. 

It is at your discretion to allow the journalist on to your leased property, though the Land Board recommends and requests that you forward the inquiry to us. Please ask the journalist to contact Kristin Kemp, Outreach and Communications Officer.

Kristin Kemp
Outreach and Communications Officer
State Land Board
Office: 303-866-3454 x3330
Cell: 720-666-0437
kristin.kemp@state.co.us

Also, please keep in mind that you are never required to speak with journalists; anybody may respectfully decline to comment at anytime.  

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Marketing guidelines for lessees

No, lessees are not required to publish anything about the Land Board in your marketing materials.

If you elect to publish information about the Land Board, please first inform Kristin Kemp, Outreach and Communications Officer.

Kristin Kemp
Outreach and Communications Officer
State Land Board
Office: 303-866-3454 x3330
Cell: 720-666-0437
kristin.kemp@state.co.us

If you wish, you are welcome to use this short description of the Land Board:

The Colorado State Land Board is a constitutionally created agency that manages a $4.1 billion endowment of assets for the benefit of Colorado’s K-12 schoolchildren. The Land Board earns money for public schools by leasing 2.8 million surface acres and 4 million subsurface acres for agriculture, recreation, commercial real estate, rights-of-way, renewable energy, oil, gas, and solid minerals. Leasing operators are subject to all local, state, and federal regulations and must obtain all necessary permits prior to operation. The agency is entirely self-funded and receives no tax dollars. The Land Board has earned $2 billion for public schools in the past 15 years, and the agency is the primary funding source for the Department of Education’s Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program. View the annual report.

Yes, you are welcome to use this short description of the Land Board:

The Colorado State Land Board is a constitutionally created agency that manages a $4.1 billion endowment of assets for the benefit of Colorado’s K-12 schoolchildren. The Land Board earns money for public schools by leasing 2.8 million surface acres and 4 million subsurface acres for agriculture, recreation, commercial real estate, rights-of-way, renewable energy, oil, gas, and solid minerals. Leasing operators are subject to all local, state, and federal regulations and must obtain all necessary permits prior to operation. The agency is entirely self-funded and receives no tax dollars. The Land Board has earned $2 billion for public schools in the past 15 years, and the agency is the primary funding source for the Department of Education’s Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program. View the annual report.

If you elect to publish information about the Land Board, please notify Kristin Kemp, Outreach and Communications Officer.

Kristin Kemp
Outreach and Communications Officer
State Land Board
Office: 303-866-3454 x3330
Cell: 720-666-0437
kristin.kemp@state.co.us

A lease cannot be transferred (assigned) without written Land Board approval.  Any transfer or attempted transfer without prior written authorization is cause for immediate cancellation of the lease.

The Land Board has a formal process for which a current lessee may apply to 'assign' their lease to a third party. You can view the lease assignment application form on the corresponding lease type page of our website:

We strongly recommend you and/or your realtor contact the Land Board to determine the most appropriate ways to describe the adjacent trust land in your sale materials. 

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Commercial filming/photography guidelines for lessees

Yes and no.

You may photograph/film your leased property if the primary purpose is directly related to the activity/operation outlined in your lease contract. For instance, you may photograph cattle grazing if you hold an agriculture lease. 

Additionally, you may photograph/film your leased property for amateur/non-commercial, or personal use. 

Commercial filming or commercial photography that is unrelated to the activity/operation outlined in your lease contract is not permitted. If you wish to do commercial filming or commercial photography on trust land, you must contact the State Land Board and request permission. Inquiries should be sent to Abe Medina, Recreation Program Manager.

Abe Medina
Recreation Program Manager
abraham.medina@state.co.us
303-866-3454 x3342

In most cases, commercial filming or commercial photography requires a lease addendum or a temporary access permit (TAP). TAP fees vary per use. 

Commercial filming is not an approved use of any lease, so you do not have authority to grant access.

The vendor must contact the State Land Board and request access. Inquiries should be sent to Abe Medina, Recreation Program Manager.

Abe Medina
Recreation Program Manager
abraham.medina@state.co.us
303-866-3454 x3342

In most cases, commercial filming requires a temporary access permit (TAP). TAP fees vary per use. TAPs ensure that the trust land will be stewarded or reclaimed appropriately.