Governor Ritter appoints Alan Schwartz of Snowmass Village to the board of the Great Outdoors Colorado trust fund

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Here’s the release from the Governor’s office (Evan Dreyer/Megan Castle):

Gov. Bill Ritter announced today he has appointed Alan Schwartz of Snowmass Village to the board of the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Trust Fund. Schwartz, an attorney, has devoted much of his career to land preservation and natural resource conservation.

“Colorado is home to vast and unique environmental and outdoor treasures, and Alan is truly a stubborn steward of Colorado’s breathtaking natural heritage,” Gov. Ritter said. “The people of Colorado and the generations to follow will be well-served by having someone like Alan who is so passionate, dedicated and experienced on the GOCO board.”

Schwartz has served on the boards of the Colorado Conservation Trust and the Rocky Mountain chapter of Environmental Defense. He co-authored the “Danish Plan,” adopted by Boulder voters as one of the first growth-management plans in the country. He also served as special counsel to the City of Aspen, Town of Snowmass Village, Pitkin County and other Colorado municipalities in the creation, implementation and successful defense of some of the country’s most innovative land-use plans. He is married to state Sen. Gail Schwartz.

Created by Colorado voters in 1992, GOCO uses a portion of Lottery proceeds to help preserve, protect, enhance and manage Colorado’s wildlife, park, river, trail and open space heritage. It has awarded almost $550 million for more than 2,700 projects throughout the state.

Schwartz’s appointment to the 17-member GOCO board is for a term expiring April 15, 2013, and would fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of James S. Lochhead of Glenwood Springs. The appointment requires state Senate confirmation.

For more information about Colorado boards and commissions, or to obtain an application, visit the Boards and Commission website, e-mail or call 303.866.6380.

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