How do we prioritize habitat to protect in and around Denver? How might we balance the needs of people and nature?
If these questions keep you up at night, we have a tool just for you.
Let us introduce you to the Regional Conservation Assessment (RCA). Developed by the Metro Denver Nature Alliance (Metro DNA), The Nature Conservancy, and Biohabitats, this analysis identifies high-priority places in the seven-country metro Denver region to protect, connect, restore, and enhance for people and nature.
The RCA is designed for anyone interested in exploring the lands and waters of our region. This tool can also be used to assess and communicate relative regional quality and connectivity of habitat to:
- Support equitable access to nature and enhance community well-being
- Protect native biodiversity, including wildlife species and the habitat on which they depend
- Create a base of ecological knowledge to inform policy, planning, and funding actions
- Deepen collaboration across the wide variety of organizations in the region that steward our critical lands and waters
- Improve planning and decision-making between stakeholders through the development of shared goals, priorities, and metrics