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The Nature Conservancy

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Our work in Colorado focuses on land conservation, securing water for nature and people, and restoring our forests. Thank you for supporting our work!

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Sustainable Cities

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Climate & Energy

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Land Protection

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Environment 

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Colorado is home to some of the last intact grasslands in the Great Plains. Once thought beyond the path of development, Colorado's wide open grasslands are rapidly vanishing. Grasslands are the least protected and most threatened habitat type on Earth, with less than two percent of their total area under formal protection globally and only four percent in the United States. Yet they are one of the most important. Grasslands catch and purify our water, provide habitat for countless species and essential income for ranching and farming communities.

As Front Range cities spill out onto the plains, new roads and subdivisions are fragmenting the prairie landscape that grassland species depend on and threatening a rural way of life that has persisted for generations. There is still time to save what's left of our large, unfragmented grasslands and important migratory corridors.

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We have helped protect more than one million acres in Colorado.

Forest Health and Fire Program

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Environment 

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Our forests are the victims of well-meaning fire suppression, climate change, drought, and a growing population. As a result, our over-crowded forests are more prone to catastrophic fire. Over the past 10 years, we have experienced a growing number of large, unnatural fires and a rash of insect outbreaks that have raised concerns about the health of Colorado's forests. The Hayman Fire in the summer of 2002 served as a wake-up call to Coloradans, burning over 140,000 acres and destroying 600 homes and buildings and negatively impacting water supplies.
Restoring our forests and the role of the natural fires that sustain them will take decades, but we are at a moment of unprecedented agreement amongst all who care about these landscapes. However, the amount of public resources available for forest restoration is far less than the need. The Nature Conservancy is leading an effort to restore Colorado's forests through safe prescribed fire, forest thinning, and policy initiatives.

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Water

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Colorado is the headwaters state. Eight major rivers have their source in Colorado including the mighty Colorado River. But 150 years of diverting water into dams, ditches, tunnels and pipelines have left us with precious few examples of what these rivers once were like and what life they sustained for millennia. We have prospered as a state by putting these waters in service of agriculture, industry, and growing cities, but we need to include nature at the decision-making table. In recent years, drought has put further stresses on our water delivery systems and on the plants and animals that need these rivers to survive. Climate change has the potential to dramatically impact the amount of water available for humans and nature.

The future of water in our state has paradoxically created an opportunity as urban water providers, rural water interests, and conservationists have come together to think more creatively about this resource. The Nature Conservancy will continue to develop water management solutions that sustain the natural environment while providing clean water supplies for people. We'll call for improved management of more than 1,000 river miles in the major river basins across Colorado and support programs with ranchers and farmers to increase water efficiency while protecting livelihoods. Through our scientific approach, we will ensure that future water management decisions will seek a sustainable and resilient natural environment, even in the face of our changing climate.

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We have protected more than 1,000 river miles in the state

Conservation Outreach

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Environment 

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General population

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Our population is more and more removed from understanding the importance of nature and its life-giving systems at a time when connecting people and nature has never been more important. To build a broad constituency strongly committed to conservation, the Conservancy will amplify the scientific, social, and economic messages of our work through new and existing partnerships. By connecting more people to the value of nature in their everyday lives, we will build an even stronger coalition of supporters that will prioritize the care and keeping of the environment for future generations.

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Continued public outreach programs through the Denver Museum of Nature and Science,volunteer events, field trips, tree planting and river clean ups, sponsorship of the Americas Latino Eco Festival, youth programs and more.

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