Research access

Occasionally we approve the use of state trust land for special studies related to the stewardship of natural resources. Researchers can also submit a CORA request to use our data for projects.

Research projects on trust land have focused on wildlife, state flora and fauna, box turtles, reptiles, bird banding, carbon sequestration, and more. Research partners include:

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Colorado Herbarium
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Higher education institutions such as Colorado State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado School of Mines
  • and more!

Do you have a research project that you'd like to pursue on trust land? Contact Mindy Gottsegen, Conservation Services Manager, at 303-866-3454 x 3318 or contact one of our District Managers.


photograph of a rare plant that has yellow petals that is called Bell's twinpod Phsaria bellii

"Being able to conduct my research project on state trust land was invaluable. My research successfully demonstrated that a drone can identify new locations of rare plants without disturbing delicate and fragile plant habitats. I'm proud to be advancing new and less invasive research methodologies."

-- Neal Swayze, former CSU graduate student whose innovative project in Larimer County evaluated the ability of an unmanned aerial system to detect a rare plant called Bell's twinpod Phsaria bellii (pictured right).