La Plata Open Space Conservancy

Your donation helps further our mission to permanently protect lands with significant agricultural, wildlife habitat, open space, recreational or historical values. Over nearly 30 years, we have conserved 30,000 acres of land and water resources essential to your Southwest Colorado way of life.

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Volunteer Land Stewards

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Animals
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

The Conservancy's volunteer stewardship program provides volunteers the opportunity to assist the Conservancy meet stewardship obligations on its conserved lands. In the program, volunteers can visit conserved properties to monitor land use, assist with database development and management, and otherwise influence the Conservancy's successful stewardship of its lands and the quality of life experienced by the greater Southwest Colorado community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Education and Outreach on the Benefits of Land Conservation

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
General Public
Wildlife Enthusiasts
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Conservancy provides outreach to the Southwest Colorado community on the physical and mental health, ecologic, and economic benefits of conserving local agricultural, wildlife habitat, open space, recreational, and historical or archaeologically valuable lands, and those lands' water resources.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Acquisition of Lands for Conservation

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Animals
General Public
Outdoor Recreationists
Wildlife Enthusiasts

Description

The Conservancy uses a legal tool known as a conservation easement to permanently protect from development for the benefit of the general public Southwest Colorado lands possessing significant conservation values. Protecting land through a conservation easement is a very complex process. The Conservancy guides parties through the process, holds title to the conservation easement, and steward the land in compliance with the easement terms, forever.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Throughout its 26 year history, the Conservancy has protected through conservation easements in excess of 30,000 acres of Southwest Colorado land, and the water resources associated with such land.

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