Our Fall Newsletter (hitting mailboxes soon!) asks the question, "what's your why?" Why do you support land conservation? What makes it so important to you? What's the urgency for you now? We'd love to hear your answers. Click below to tell us!
Colorado Open Lands has partnered with the Southern Plains Land Trust to conserve 10,540 acres of the Heartland Ranch located in Bent County. The property provides refuge to wildlife and plant species and provides passive recreational opportunities. About 80 bison, 50 longhorn, at least 6 black-tailed prairie dog colonies, elk, mule deer, pronghorn and many other wildlife species reside on the property. Great Outdoors Colorado awarded a transaction costs grant to cover a portion of the transaction expenses.
2016 Annual Report now online!
Inside, you'll find progress toward our Strategic Plan goals, audited financials, and donor recognition!
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.
COL and Ducks Unlimited to enhance waterfowl habitat along Prewitt Reservoir!
The southern shore of Prewitt Reservoir is visited by thousands of waterfowl during annual migrations. Existing shallow areas are currently cut off by naturally-occurring dams, which discourage waterfowl from stopping. In partnership with DU, we will carefully excavate material, creating a natural back-flooding of shallow basins to provide quality habitat for birds and wetland wildlife. Other improvements will give water managers increased flexibility to meet users’ demands without negatively impacting local ranchers or wildlife. This project is made possible by funding through Great Outdoors Colorado and Playa Lakes Joint Venture and will be completed early this fall.
Our Strategic Plan
In March 2015, Colorado Open Lands adopted an ambitious ten-year strategic plan. Click to learn more. Photo Credit: John Fielder
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.