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 these agreements, 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.  We guide our partner landowners through the process of placing the easement on their land, and then visit each property annually to ensure that the easement is upheld. While each easement is different and tailored to the land it protects, they all have the same overarching goals: permanent protection from the property being subdivided or developed. That means that all the benefits that come from the land remain: scenic views, fresh water, wildlife habitat, local food production, and Colorado’s heritage.

In 37 years, we have protected over 510,000 acres of Colorado – that’s an aggregate area larger than all of Summit County!  We have pledged to triple our pace of conservation, and protect an additional 300,000 acres by 2025 – read our strategic plan here to find out how.

The map below shows our conservation successes to date!  Zoom in to view our priority landscapes, and click any yellow dot for more information on the associated property.

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