What are Conservation Easements?
We serve our community and future generations by helping private landowners place a voluntary legal agreements called conservation easements on their property. Under the terms of this agreement, their ranch stays their ranch, their farm stays their farm. The process is driven by the wishes of the landowner, but with the goal of protecting open space, water, and wildlife habitat – forever. While each easement is different and tailored to the land it protects, they all have the same goal: permanent protection from the property being subdivided or developed. That means that all the treasures that come from the land remain: scenic views, fresh water, wildlife habitat, local food production, and Colorado’s heritage. In partnership with private landowners, we guide them through the process of placing the easement on their property.
In 34 years, we have protected over 400,000 acres of Colorado – that’s an aggregate area larger than all of Summit County! We have pledged to triple our pace, and protect an additional 400,000 acres by 2025 – read our strategic plan here to find out how.