Colorado Open Lands Overview
Target demographics: As one of the leading Western land conservation organizations, Colorado Open Lands serves all citizens of Colorado – ‘natives,’ newcomers and visitors alike – by enriching the quality of life in our state. Through our land conservation efforts, Colorado Open Lands enriches the quality of life in our state by:
- protecting lands that buffer streams upon which the majority of wildlife species depend and consequently from which many local economies reap the benefits through hunting licenses, wildlife-watching, as well as clean drinking water;
- contributing to the local agricultural economy by ensuring that agricultural lands and critical water rights remain available for productive use;
- protecting scenic lands that serve as the foundation for Colorado’s tourism economy; and by
- helping to ensure that Colorado continues to be a beautiful state that attracts new businesses because the quality of life is higher for employees.
We also serve government entities that need assistance carrying out their open space goals and programs in their communities or priority areas. In rural communities, local municipalities often do not have the internal resources to carry out these goals, and contact Colorado Open Lands because of our reputation for assisting local governments across the state implement their open space goals.
Geographic areas served: Colorado
Programs: Colorado Open Lands’ signature program is our Community Conservation Program which develops partnerships with local governments, landowners, business people, other land trusts and funding agencies to preserve lands with interrelated conservation values in priority conservation areas.
Our Land Protection Fellowship Program provides unique, hands-on training in land conservation techniques for professionals who will become tomorrow’s conservation leaders.
Our “backbone” land conservation program is the Land Stewardship Program. This program not only ensures continued protection of the lands held by Colorado Open Lands, but also serves as a model program for the conservation community.
Lastly, through our Statewide Leadership Program, Colorado Open Lands identifies and pursues opportunities to play a leadership role in significant statewide or national issues. Most notably, Colorado Open Lands and four other state- and nationally-recognized conservation organizations have formed the Colorado Conservation Partnership. In collaboration with numerous local conservation groups around the state, the Partnership launched the Keep It Colorado initiative to protect a million acres by 2013. The Partnership has completed long-term Landscape Vision Plans for 25 priority landscapes and is putting these Plans into action. These priority landscapes have been identified as those areas of Colorado that define the state’s natural and cultural heritage and suffer the highest threat, while offering the most opportunity for conservation.
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