The Colorado way of life revolves around the natural beauty, clean water, agricultural heritage, outdoor recreation, and diverse landscapes that draw in visitors and residents alike. As the environment faces increasing challenges from climate change and pollution, it is clear that the nature we depend on, depends on us. We are pursuing a vision for our state where people understand that protecting land, water, and wildlife is necessary for nature and people to thrive. Our ambitious yet achievable conservation strategy is changing the course of Colorado's future.
In Colorado, we have conserved more than one million acres of land throughout the state, protected over 1,000 miles of rivers and streams, restored more than 16,000 acres of forests, and brought nature's benefits into cities.
The Nature Conservancy is tackling the root causes of some of the toughest problems facing people and nature today, replicating good ideas to save places and improve people's lives.
- PROTECT Colorado's natural resources by conserving our rivers, lands, and forests, building healthier cities, and tackling climate change.
- TRANSFORM how nature thrives by using science-based, innovative strategies to inform business practices and public policies.
- INSPIRE Coloradans to value nature every day and act on their concern for the environment through individual choices and collective action.
Science: Scientific research is the foundation of TNC's approach to all our conservation work.
Partnerships: Through collaborations with an extensive network of partners all over the world, The Nature Conservancy can act on the most complex challenges facing the planet.
Leadership: TNC's standing as a pragmatic, bi-partisan, solutions-based organization positions us as the honest broker in the room and the go-to expert on environmental policy.
Experience: We have a 65-year history of conserving important natural places around the world, and our projects to protect and restore critical natural resources are helping people and nature thrive together.
"The Nature Conservancy is a large, global organization that behaves like a small, local one. Thanks to its on-the-ground engagement, the Yampa Valley community knows and trusts TNC in a way that allows it to connect our little valley with broader concepts and resources." - Kelly Romero-Heaney, Water Resources Manager, City of Steamboat Springs
"The Colorado Forum sees the goal of achieving a Healthy Colorado as one of the great challenges of our time. We are excited about the scientific expertise and non-partisan approach to public policy that the Nature Conservancy utilizes in its work. Through this partnership we hope to bring our business, policy, scientific and environmental leaders together to make Colorado exemplary as a leader in the United States and globally." - Gail Klapper, president of the Colorado Forum
"I choose The Nature Conservancy as opposed to any other environmental organization because I like how you can be acting locally or doing a project in one area, and that project is informing projects all over the world. I like that it's a worldwide organization that uses experience and science from all over the globe to bring the most data possible to everything we're doing. I also like that TNC works in a nonpartisan way. [The organization] has a track record and a history that I know will continue to thrive." - Kristin McKissick, Trustee and Legacy Club member