Colorado Open Lands


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Our Latest News:

  • Colorado Open Lands is proud to participate in Colorado Gives Day! Every gift made on Tuesday December 9 through the Community First Foundation will be boosted by a special incentive fund. Click here to schedule your gift today!

  • Please also join us for a Gives Day Happy Hour at Gather Cafe and Lounge, 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 9, sponsored by Demetrio Tequila. This event will feature pumpkin spice old fashioneds, complimentary beer from Avery Brewing and Colorado Native, door prizes, and great networking opportunities. Click here for more!


  • Please join us in welcoming our newest Future Conservation Leaders Fellow! Stephanie Rohdy comes to us from Bend, Oregon, and has served at the Deschutes Land Trust, Trust for Public Land, the Oregon Natural Desert Association, and Crater Lake National Park. She will be working from the COL headquarters on land protection and stewardship. We are deeply grateful to the Argosy Foundation and the Heider Family Foundation for funding this fellowship position.

  • Our latest project closing permanently protects 197 acres of grazing land and wildlife habitat, including Gunnison Sage-grouse habitat. This property is enjoyed by the public as it is visible from adjacent public lands owned by the Bureau of Land Management. This property was protected with a partnership between Colorado Open Lands, Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy and Gunnison Valley Land Preservation Board. Photo by Dawn Reeder.


    We're delighted to welcome our new President and CEO, Tony Caligiuri! Tony recently concluded his six years of service with the National Wildlife Federation, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Conservation and Education.  Prior to that, he served for eighteen years as Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest.  He received his B.A. in Political Science from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.  Tony, who grew up on a farm, is an avid hiker and lover of the outdoors. Dan Pike will remain on staff through the conclusion of 2014 to assist with the transition. Read full announcement here.


  • We have utilized our loan program to approve $25,000 to Revision International, a local nonprofit interested in “working with people in marginalized neighborhoods to develop leaders, cultivate community food systems, and grow resilient local economies.”  Our loan will allow Revision purchase land to create a local food co-op to bring fresh produce to an underserved, largely Hispanic food desert in West Denver.  More info coming soon!


  • New blog post by Dan Pike: With integrity and fairness to all. This entry tells the story of ranchers Stan and Bonnie Irby, and their protracted battle with the IRS over the value of the easement on their 970-acre ranch in central Colorado.


  • We're renewed! We're pleased to announce that our accreditation has been renewed by Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.

  • In 2013, we protected 9,688 acres!  One example of the beauty and natural resources that have been protected for all of us is the Lake San Cristobal Inlet Preservation & Fishing Access Project