Saving space for agriculture
Colorado’s population along the Southern Front Range, from Colorado Springs to Pueblo, is growing and urbanizing at an unprecedented rate. Development pressures and the resulting fragmentation of the countryside increasingly threaten this landscape, and there is a small window of time to help shape the future of this entire region.
Preservation of this landscape sustains traditional farming and ranching and protects migratory routes for birds, mammals, and other wildlife. It also allows citizens of nearby urban areas to experience and understand the rural lifestyle.
Particularly of note, the picturesque St. Charles River Valley east of Beulah faces significant pressure as a bedroom community for Pueblo. The valley contains some of the most productive ranch land in the Southern Front Range. Working with dedicated landowners in this valley, we have protected approximately 50% of the St. Charles River between the National Forest boundary on the west and the plains to the east. In addition, the tireless dedication of these families has protected thousands of acres of scenic agricultural lands and rugged foothill canyons buffering the National Forest.