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Protecting the Colorado River

© Erika Norteman

If you live in the Southwest, the Colorado River flows into your life every day, supplying drinking water for more than 33 million people and irrigating 4 million acres of farmland, including roughly 15 percent of the crops grown in the United States. Find out how we're giving back to this life-giving river.

Cowboy Conservation

Sustainable Grazing Protects Biodiversity at Colorado Preserve

The Nature Conservancy's Fox Ranch Preserve in Eastern Colorado.

There's more than meets the eye at The Nature Conservancy's Fox Ranch Preserve in Eastern Colorado. Here, among thousands of acres of native grassland, herds of cattle are active conservationists.

Our scientists closely monitor when and where the cattle are allowed to graze as part of an innovative conservation project. Using a sustainable grazing strategy that the Conservancy is also testing in Patagonia, we are working with partners to protect grasslands and biodiversity, while at the same time boosting business for ranchers who rely on the land.

It's the kind of win-win collaboration the Conservancy is known for. "It's imperative to work with landowners and other people to protect our planet," said Chris Pague, lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado. "We've all got to work together."

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