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Colorado Resources

Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts

The Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT) is a network of more than fifty member organizations and hundreds of concerned citizens. Conservation leaders from across Colorado formed CCLT in 1991 to help build strong conservation organizations and increase opportunities for land and water conservation. CCLT delivers important services, including conservation training, updates, and public relations. CCLT’s conferences and publications reach people throughout the state who are involved in the preservation of Colorado’s open space heritage. For more than a decade, CCLT has provided input at the legislature, where it has been instrumental in the passage of important conservation-related legislation, including the Colorado conservation easement tax credit program. Click here to check out their landowner profiles.

Colorado Division of Real Estate

The Division of Real Estate is the licensing, regulation and enforcement agency for the real estate broker, appraiser and mortgage broker industries. The Division’s mission as a division of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies is consumer protection. The Division houses the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission which consists of a nine-member panel established by House Bill 08-1353 to prevent abuses of the state’s popular land-preservation tax credit program. The Division has a webpage devoted to conservation easement issues.

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Colorado DNR houses important Colorado programs designed to protect wildlife and natural resources.

Colorado Division of Wildlife

The Division of Wildlife manages the state's 960 wildlife species and regulates hunting and fishing activities by issuing licenses and enforcing regulations. The Division also manages more than 230 wildlife areas for public recreation, conducts research to improve wildlife management activities, provides technical assistance to private and other public landowners concerning wildlife and habitat management, and develops programs to protect and recover threatened and endangered species. As a recipient of GOCO funds, CDOW interacts with many landowners on land protection projects throughout Colorado. The agency maintains Regional Service Centers in Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins and Grand Junction, as well as Area Service Centers in 16 other cities and towns across the state.

Colorado Department of Revenue

CDOR is the Colorado agency that sets regulations governing the conservation easement tax credit program and reviews all tax credit applications that are reported on state income tax forms. Colorado Department of Revenue’s website contains all state tax forms that need to be filled when granting a conservation easement and connects to DOR’s FYI’s that include all regulations and requirements relating to Colorado’s conservation easement tax credit program.

Colorado Conservation Trust

Colorado Conservation Trust is a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to help protect Colorado’s special places forever. With more than 100,000 acres are lost to development each year, CCT is helping to mobilize efforts to help conserve two million acres in the next decade. CCT’s role is to bring together conservation funds, the efforts of local, state and national conservation groups, and the latest information and expertise to protect Colorado's threatened landscapes. Colorado Conservation Trust is where philanthropy and effective action come together. CCT was instrumental in initiating the Keep It Colorado campaign.

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)

GOCO's mission is to help preserve, protect, enhance, and manage the state's wildlife, park, river, trail, and open space heritage. In 1992, Coloradans took a major step toward preserving their state's outdoor heritage by voting to create the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Trust Fund, which now forms Article XXVII of the Colorado Constitution. The GOCO Amendment dedicates a portion of state lottery proceeds to projects that preserve, protect, and enhance Colorado's wildlife, parks, rivers, trails, and open spaces. Since it began awarding grants in 1994, GOCO has awarded almost $550 million for more than 2,700 projects throughout the state. GOCO receives 50% of the proceeds from the Colorado Lottery, its only source of funding. The remainder of lottery proceeds is divided between the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks. GOCO's funding is capped at $35 million a year adjusted for inflation ($53.1 million in Fiscal Year 2008); if GOCO's share exceeds that amount, the remainder goes into the State Public School Fund. GOCO's staff and outside experts evaluate application presented to it from land trusts, local governments and state agencies. Many of these projects fund the protection of private lands with important conservation values. The staff submits recommendations to the GOCO Board, which makes the final funding decisions.

Colorado Conservation Partnership

The Colorado Conservation Partnership (CCP) leverages the diverse missions, resources, and collective expertise of five of Colorado’s leading conservation organizations to pursue an aggressive conservation agenda in the next decade. Working with local partners, the Colorado Conservation Trust, Colorado Open Lands, The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land are combining their strengths to achieve a strategic and collaborative conservation vision for Colorado. Fifty landscapes were initially identified as conservation priorities. Local land trusts and the five Colorado Conservation Partners then narrowed the list to twelve priority landscapes that include remote natural areas, open spaces at the urban edge, working farms and ranches, wild lands and uninterrupted views.

Colorado Ownership Management and Protection (COMaP)

The goal of the Colorado Ownership, Management, and Protection (COMaP) project at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab (NREL) and the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University is to build a statewide protected areas map for Colorado. This project is being undertaken with funding and technical assistance from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). COMaP is based on the premise that landscape context (ownership and management) is important to natural resource management issues. Knowing the location and pattern of various protected areas is a key piece of information to inform management of natural resources in Colorado.

Local agencies, particularly those who have invested in building a GIS-based parcel dataset, often have up-to-date maps of protected areas. However, projects often require information at scales beyond local areas and these efforts must rely on datasets that are incomplete and out of date. COMaP fills the need for a spatial database that provides comprehensive, current information about various levels of protection, such as county and city parks and open spaces, as well as Federal and State lands in Colorado.

County Resources

The following counties in Colorado have open land protection programs and many have dedicated funding sources for land protection projects within their jurisdictions:

City & Town Resources

Most towns and cities in Colorado utilize local and GOCO funds to protect lands important to their communities. Visit the community websites or local offices to determine the nature of local programs.

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