Colorado’s landscapes are spectacular, but areas that are important to people and nature are at risk.
In the Yampa River Basin in northwest Colorado, sage grouse, elk and ranchers all share one thing in common: they depend on large, unbroken tracts of land. Development in the region threatens to divide this landscape into pieces. The result? Habitats and water supplies are stretched thin.
In eastern Colorado’s grasslands, you’ll find one of the largest expanses of intact prairie left in the United States. Pronghorn, migratory birds, fossils, Native American history—they’re all part of this spectacular landscape. So, too, are the ranchers, farmers and communities that depend on the landscape for their way of life.
At The Nature Conservancy, our long-term vision is to protect important places that are large enough to sustain nature and resilient enough to withstand climate change and ongoing development.
Learn more below about how we are conserving important lands in Colorado:
The protection of ranches in southeastern Colorado is creating a 100,000-acre network of intact grasslands.
Black-footed ferrets return to Colorado's Walker Ranch along with a reminder that there's great hope in working together.
Bison are making a comeback on the Conservancy's Zapata Ranch.
A sustainable grazing project at the Fox Ranch is proving good for business and the environment.
Large, complex projects a win-win for ranching families and eastern Colorado grasslands.
A Colorado ranching family works with us to safeguard a home on the prairie for people and nature.
A young ranching family finds home on the prairie.