Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts
Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts works to promote and support conservation excellence in Colorado. CCLT is the collective voice for Colorado land conservation working on statewide public policy issues and providing continuing education for the Colorado land conservation community. Our membership includes 32 land trusts, 11 local governments, and 27 professional members who have collectively protected nearly 2 million acres of Colorado's wildlife habitat, working farms and ranches, and significant natural landscapes.
By joining together, CCLT has advanced land conservation, and to date has ensured the preservation of an area nearly seven times the size of Rocky Mountain National Park!
CCLT was established in 1991 by concerned citizens and land trust practitioners to promote land conservation at a state level and to provide coordination, collaboration and professionalism among the state’s land trusts and governmental organizations involved in land conservation.
Today the organization is governed by an active twelve-member board consisting of representatives from member organizations across the state as well as other conservation professionals and individuals who care passionately about preserving Colorado's urban parks, open spaces, and working farms and ranches.
Colorado currently has 4.3 million residents, a number which is expected to increase to 5.3 million in the next ten years. As the population escalates, the demand for parks and open space grows, and the pressures increase to convert ranchlands into subdivisions and wildlife habitat into ranchettes. CCLT works to secure public policy support for increasing open space and preserving agricultural land and water ways, and provides on-going education for members to ensure that conservation organizations have the knowledge and skills to conserve land in a way that is cost-effective and lasting.
Together, members of CCLT have preserved more than 2 million acres of Colorado’s most cherished lands, including:
- Family Farms and Ranches,
- Wildlife Habitat,
- Popular Trails and Recreational Areas, and Scenic Vistas that have made Colorado famous
- Colorado is one of the most effective states in the country when it comes to conservation activity.
Only two other states rank higher in the amount of land protected by conservation easements!