We believe we can protect Colorado’s values by geographically focusing on Conservation Priority Landscapes where we can build a meaningful presence and generate cumulative impact over time. Priority landscapes contain significant natural, cultural, and scenic values, the sum of which have critical cumulative benefits.
We selected our conservation priority landscapes by looking at three criteria:
- Significant intact private land ownership
- Threats to land and water
- Significant existing investment
The landscapes also mainly follow watershed boundaries, so we can examine the ecosystem and human communities that connect and contain Colorado’s treasures. Our strategic plan calls for us to protect and steward 800,000 acres by 2025. While we are committed to tripling our protected acreage, we recognize that the quality of acres that we protect is more important than the quantity.
Read more about eight of our priority landscapes:
Northern Front Range and Lower South Platte River
Denver Metro Area
South Park Basin
Southern San Luis Valley
Southern Front Range
San Juan Headwaters
Upper Colorado River Corridor