The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Our accreditation renewal process invites public comment. Please see more at link!
Colorado Open Lands has collaborated with a team of experts to publish the definitive guide to water sharing between agricultural and municipal users. These agreements help keep water on the land but allow municipal use in critical drought years. This helps ensure financial security for landowners with water rights! Read the full guide at the link.
Colorado Open Lands' Acequia Initiative was the only project in the state to receive funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Regional Conservation Partnership Program in the 2017 award cycle! NRCS awarded the project $1,722,000 in funding to advance permanent conservation of farm and ranchland along the Rio Culebra River in Costilla County. Great Outdoors Colorado also contributed $638,000. Learn more in link!
COL to launch large-scale stream and riparian restoration program!
Colorado Open Lands, in partnership with EcoMetrics, has launched Riparian Reconnect – a large-scale stream and riparian restoration effort on Park County waterways. Restoring connectivity of these streams will enhance wildlife habitat and improve fisheries while supporting sustainable agriculture operations. Funding partners include Great Outdoors Colorado, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Park County Land and Water Trust Fund, the Colorado Water Conservation Board and private landowners.
The Value of Land Conservation
To hear more about how land conservation is cherished in ways both unique and universal, please watch the linked video, filmed with perspectives from all across the state. This short film was produced by Colorado Open Lands and premiered at the 2017 Q for Conservation.
It’s no secret that Colorado residents and visitors love their outdoor experiences. Access for all ages and ability levels to open space contributes to our health, both physical, mental, and emotional.