The Mission of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts is to promote and support land conservation excellence in Colorado.
For decades, Colorado's working lands have attracted businesses, families, and tourists - our state's continued growth has led to a balancing act between development and maintaining what makes Colorado, Colorado. Our working landscapes and scenic places are under constant pressure of being broken up for a variety of reasons - generational shifts from family farming or ranching, development, financial hardship, and more. The Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT) is the collective voice for Colorado's 80 organizations primarily responsible for the permanent conservation of more than two million acres of open space, ranchlands, wildlife habitat and recreational areas.
CCLT was established in 1991 by concerned citizens and land trust practitioners to promote land conservation at a state level and to provide coordination, collaboration and professionalism among the state's land trusts and governmental organizations involved in land conservation.
In 2000, CCLT spearheaded the passage of the most important land preservation tool we have - the Colorado Conservation Easement Income Tax Credit.
In 2006, when fraudulent deals involving the conservation easement tax credit began to be made public, CCLT was catapulted to the forefront of the defense of Colorado's conservation funding tools. There was no other organization with the capability to defend conservation at a public policy level on behalf of Colorado's land trusts and local government open space programs and CCLT, as a member organization, began to play an important role at the state legislature.
In 2007, CCLT was awarded the Conservation Advocate Award by the Land Trust Alliance. This was followed by the Conservation Organization of the Year award by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado a year later.
In the last five years, the coalition has focused on leading the conversation on statewide issues and implementing education, ploicy, and communication programs to support land trusts, public agenciies, and professional members. CCLT increased our education and outreach efforts to ensure that conservation organizations have the knowledge and skills to conserve land in a way that is cost-effective and lasting.
Today CCLT counts 1 staff working with three program contractors. CCLT is governed by an active ten-member board consisting of representatives from member organizations across the state as well as other conservation professionals and individuals who care passionately about preserving Colorado's urban parks, open spaces, and working farms and ranches.
"We're doubling our support this year because the return CCLT provides in advocacy and education makes it a great investment." Ariel Steele, Tax Credit Connection, LLC
"CCLT's talented staff and its strong legislative and agency relationships ensure that private lands conservation interests are well represented at Colorado's Capitol" The Nature Conservancy
"We applaud CCLT as our collective conservation voice, and for their excellent ongoing work with the state legislature, the DOR and DRE. We believe it is now more important than ever to continue to support CCLT's mission." Carl & Karen Spina and the Conservation Tax Credit Transfer, LLC Team.