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Southern Plains Land Trust

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation

Mission: The Southern Plains Land Trust (SPLT) creates and protects a network of shortgrass prairie preserves, which ensure a future for all native animals and plants. We purchase land to create wildlife refuges managed first and foremost for biodiversity protection. Thus far, we have protected over 25,000 acres.

Target demographics: native animals and plants of the shortgrass prairie

Geographic areas served: the southern Great Plains

Programs: land acquisition, land management and restoration, education and outreach, and public lands policy advocacy

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Taylor J.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer and board member for years because I believe strongly in SPLT's mission and vision. I want to see prairie wildlife protected and SPLT does a magnificent job.

Amber F.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This team is small but mighty and incredibly devoted. I have assisted SPLT personally and professionally and feel confident my monetary and time donations are utilized to preserve Colorado’s prairies.

Gina Rosmarino J.

Donor

Rating: 5

SPLT is a stellar example of an organization that is fully aligned with it's mission-save the environment in it's purest form. If you love nature and living beings co-existing in complete harmony, then get to know SPLT.
SPLT is run by a skeleton staff that work feverishly to acquire land and rescue new residents, while being prudent with every dollar they receive. Their hard-work, devotion and spirit is to be admired. I have the utmost respect for everyone involved in making sure this land is preserved exactly as it should be.

Bettina R.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Southern Plains Land Trust (SPLT) is an incredible example of the importance of land conservancy. The short grass prairie is one of the most threatened ecosystems in the United States. Yet it's crucial to so many animals. SPLT has been able to protect areas in southern Colorado that have bounced back beautifully after years of harmful use. Prairie dogs, so essential to this ecosystem, have been able to live unharmed on these lands. That in turn has allowed other wildlife to flourish. The best part is that SPLT is continuing to add more and more land to its conservancy. The more land that is protected, the more a complex ecosystem can thrive.

Linda F.7

Donor

Rating: 5

The whole purpose of this organization is to buy land, to save native species and to give them a place to thrive and be safe. I wish I could give more to help but maybe this review will encourage others to help however they can.

John R.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Several years ago I had the pleasure of touring some of the land acquired by SPLT. So incredible to see the bisson roaming freely on the Preserves along with other native animals. I support the continued expansion project to save the prairie and it's wildlife.

Denise Rosmarino S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son volunteered with SPLT for a week a few years ago, removing fencing and junk from a recently acquired piece of property. He very much enjoyed his experience working with Nicole and Jay on the prairie! What a great experience for a teenager. This is an incredibly well run nonprofit that is passionate about saving the prairie and the animals that live there. The very tangible result of this streamlined organization is the amount of land that they have saved in the last ten years!

Donor

Rating: 5

There aren't a lot of places where you can see your money at work. SPLT turns our donations directly into conserved land.

Misty E.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I volunteer for the Southern Plains Land Trust because I truly believe in this organization's mission and the way it accomplishes that mission.
With a superbly knowledgeable tiny staff and a dedicated Board this group manages to make the most of every donation.

Caitlin K.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SPLT is doing something incredibly important and the fact that I get to help through volunteering is massive. If you get the chance, work with us! We're fixing what a lot of people don't see as an issue but affects each and every one of us.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with SPLT for the last 7 years and have loved every minute of it. From volunteer to board member, I have been a valued and valuable part of the SPLT organization. By purchasing the land, SPLT protects biodiversity of ALL plants, animals, insects, and fungi that live on, above, or beneath the soil. With a staff of only three people, overhead is kept low so that more land can be purchased and more wildlife protected. SPLT also has the most restrictive easements for a non-profit land trust: no hunting, fishing, ranching, farming, or exploitation of any animals is allowed. SPLT undertakes riparian area repair as well as reintroduces native wildlife, like the herd of bison introduced in 2015. It's a marvelous organization.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Wonderful mission, very lean yet Powerful operating staff and dedicated board!

Land_Trust_Accreditation_Commission

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Southern Plains Land Trust became an accredited land trust in February 2018, a status that can be renewed every five years. Accreditation means Southern Plains Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Southern Plains Land Trust demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate the commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. To learn more about land trust accreditation and the current accreditation status of Southern Plains Land Trust, visit http//www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.