Join us June 7th for a farm-fresh dinner, auction, and celebration as we present the 27th annual George E. Cranmer Award to Ruth and Ken Wright, for their legacy of protecting Colorado’s land and water!
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!
We’re proud to work with partners like Reeves and Betsy Brown, 2010 winners of the Palmer Land Trust’s Friends of Open Space Award. The Browns are strong local advocates for conservation, and have recently added an additional 5,000 acres to the 6,250 acres of their 3R Ranch already under easement with Colorado Open Lands.
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.
Conserved Barr Farm Provides Community Separator along I-25
In December, COL permanently protected an additional 270 acres of the Barr Farm, a working cattle ranch in Pueblo County, for a total of nearly 850 acres conserved. The property is highly visible from I-25, making it a great example of how conserved lands can provide a visual buffer in an area with high development pressure.
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.