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Certified Conservation Easement Holders

Below is a list of land trusts and local governmental organizations that are certified by the State of Colorado to hold donated conservation easements. If you are thinking about donating a conservation easement on your land, you must work with one of these organizations that is qualified for conservation easement state income tax credits. If you would like help identifying the organization that is the best match for you, please call us and we will gladly point you in the right direction. Download a PDF of this list.

Adams County Parks & Open Space
Byron Fanning, Director
9755 Henderson Road
Brighton, CO  80106
Office:  (303) 637-8000
Fax:  (303) 637-8015

The program conserves natural, cultural and agricultural resources and provides public use that reflects sound resource management and community values.


Aspen Valley Land Trust
Suzanne Stephens, Executive Director
320 Main Street, Suite 204
Carbondale, CO 81623
Office:  (970) 963-8440
Fax:  (970) 963-8441

The oldest land trust in Colorado, AVLT is a non-profit organization whose mission is to permanently preserve open lands and water for agriculture, wildlife, scenic enjoyment and recreation in the greater Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys.


Boulder County Parks and Open Space
Janis Whisman, Real Estate Division Manager
5201 St. Vrain Rd.
Longmont, CO  80503
Office:  (303) 678-6200
Fax:  (303) 678-6179

Boulder County’s mission is to conserve natural, cultural and agricultural resources and provide public uses that reflect sound resource management and community values.


Central Colorado Conservancy (Formerly Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas)
Adam Beh, Executive Director
P.O. Box 942
Salida, CO  81201
Office:  (719) 539-7700
Cell:  (970) 443-4884

The Central Colorado Conservancy is committed to conserving the region’s land, water and wildlife by partnering with landowners, agricultural producers and the community. Our work is centered around land protection, restoration/stewardship, and community conservation. The Conservancy works in Lake, Chaffee, Fremont, Park, Saguache and Gunnison Counties. 


City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department
Dave Myers, Land Conservation Manager
1745 Hoffman Mill Road                                                       
Fort Collins, CO  80524                                            
Office:  (970) 224-6170                   

The Natural Areas Department’s mission is to conserve and enhance lands with natural resources, agricultural and scenic values, while providing meaningful education and appropriate recreation opportunities.


City of Loveland Parks & Recreation Department
Brian Hayes, Land Agent
500 E. 3rd Street, Suite 200
Loveland, CO  80537
Office:  (970) 962-2726
Fax:  (970) 962-2903

The program conserves natural, cultural and agricultural resources and provides public use that reflects sound resource management and community values.


Clear Creek Land Conservancy
Claire Riegelman, Executive Director
P.O. Box 16823
Golden, CO 80402
Office:  (303) 718-9546

CCLC is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and stewardship in perpetuity of the open spaces and natural and scenic resources of the mountain and foothills region of the Clear Creek area.


Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust
Erik Glenn, Executive Director
8833 Ralston Road
Arvada, CO  80002
Office:  (303) 225-8677
Fax:  (303) 431-6446

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust protects Colorado’s western heritage and working landscapes for the benefit of future generations.


Colorado  Headwaters Land Trust
Jeremy Krones, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1938
52 N. First Street
Granby, CO  80446
Office:  (970) 887-1177
Fax:  (970) 887-1178

Colorado Headwaters Land Trust’s mission is to preserve and steward open lands within the headwaters of the Colorado River for vistas, wildlife, agriculture and water, in partnership with landowners and for the benefit of all.


Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Dan Prenzlow, Director
6060 Broadway
Denver, CO  80216
Office:  (303) 291-7217
Fax:  (303) 291-7456

CPW’s mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources.


Colorado Open Lands
Tony Caligiuri, President
1546 Cole Blvd., Suite 200
Lakewood, CO  80401
Office:  (303) 988-2373
Fax:  (303) 988-2383

Colorado Open Land’s mission is to preserve the significant open lands and diminishing natural heritage of Colorado through private and public partnerships, innovative land conservation techniques and strategic leadership.


Colorado State Forest Service
Mike Lester, Stater Forester and Director
3843 LaPorte Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Office:  (970) 491-6303
Fax:  (970) 491-7736
The Colorado State Forest Service provides technical forestry assistance, wildfire mitigation expertise and outreach and education to help landowners and communities achieve their forest management goals.


Colorado West Land Trust
Rob Bleiberg, Executive Director
1006 Main St.
Grand Junction, CO  81501
Office:  (970) 263-5443
Colorado West Land Trust is a consolidation of the Mesa Land Trust and the Black Canyon Regional Land Trust. The two organizations have come together to better protect and conserve agricultural land, along with its rural heritage, wildlife habitat, recreational areas and scenic lands in western Colorado. With 120,000 acres conserved in 6 counties (Delta, Gunnison, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel), Colorado West Land Trust seeks to meet both local and regional conservation needs.

As a private, non-profit organization our mission is to protect and enhance agricultural land, wildlife habitat and scenic lands in western Colorado to benefit the community at large, enrich lives, provide opportunities for outdoor recreation, and ensure our connection to land for generations to come.


Crested Butte Land Trust
Noel Durant, Executive Director
P.O. Box 2224
Crested Butte, CO  81224
Office:  (970) 349-1206

The mission of the Crested Butte Land Trust is to forever protect and steward open lands for vistas, recreation, wildlife, and ranching, thus contributing to the preservation of Gunnison County’s unique heritage and quality of life.


Douglas Land Conservancy
Patti Hostetler, Executive Director
210 Front Street
P.O. Box 462
Castle Rock, CO  80104
Office:  (303) 688-8025

 The Douglas Land Conservancy is dedicated to the protection and conservation of the natural character, habitat, and open space of the central front range region of Colorado, including Douglas County and surrounding areas.


Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (Wetlands America Trust)
Steve Maritz, President
1825 Sharp Point Dr., #118
Fort Collins, CO  80525
Office: (970) 482-2048

Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.


Eagle Valley Land Trust
Jessica Foulis, Executive Director
P.O. Box 3016
Edwards, CO 81632
Office:  (970) 748-7654

Eagle Valley Land Trust mission is to preserve forever our scenic vistas, open space, historic lands, waterways, and wildlife habitats that represent the uniqueness of Eagle County and the central Rocky Mountains for the enjoyment, education, and benefit of all who experience this special place.


El Paso County Environmental Division
Nancy Prieve, Natural Resources Specialist
3255 Akers Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Office:  (719) 520-7845
Fax: (719) 520-7827

El Paso County’s mission statement is to protect scenic view sheds, wildlife habitat, agricultural lands, historic and cultural sites, and to provide recreational opportunities for the public benefit through the protection of prairies, forests, existing ranching operations, and undeveloped natural lands as well as to work cooperatively to develop trail connections and view corridors throughout El Paso County.


Estes Valley Land Trust
Jeffrey Boring, Executive Director
P.O. Box 663
1191 Woodstock #5
Estes Park, CO 80517
Office:  (970) 577-6837

The mission of Estes Valley Land Trust is to preserve and protect open space, valleys, wetlands, streams, ranch lands and wildlife habitat in the Estes Valley and surrounding area.


Jefferson County Open Space
Tom Hoby, Director
700 Jefferson County Parkway, Ste. 100
Golden, CO  80401
Office:  (303) 271-5925
Fax:  (303) 271-5959

Jefferson County conserves natural, cultural and agricultural resources and provides public uses that reflect sound resource management and community values.


La Plata Open Space Conservancy
Patrick Barker, Executive Director
102 East 8th Street, Suite 202
P.O. Box 1651
Durango, CO  81302
Office:  (970) 259-3415

La Plata Open Space Conservancy is an accredited, State-certified, 501(c)(3) private land trust serving Southwest Colorado in Archuleta, southern Hinsdale, La Plata, eastern Montezuma, San Juan, and southern Ouray counties.  The Conservancy’s mission is to permanently protect open lands that have significant agricultural, wildlife habitat, open space, recreational and/or historical or archaeological resources, for the benefit of the community and the general public.  Since its founding in 1992, the Conservancy’s work has resulted in conservation of nearly 26,000 acres of land and 49 miles of river, together with countless miles of stream. Those lands comprise more than 24,000 acres of agricultural lands providing local foods, more than 22,000 acres of big game winter range, and nearly 1,700 acres of recreation or park lands offering over 26-plus miles of trails. Such feats have been in part fueled by the Conservancy either individually or as a strategic partner bringing to local communities close to $6,000,000 in conservation funds.


Larimer County Natural Resources
Meegan Flenniken, Land Conservation, Planning and Resource Division Manager
1800 S. County Road 31
Loveland, CO  80537
Office:  (970) 619-4570
Fax:  (970) 619-4574

Larimer County Natural Resources manages a portfolio of publicly accessible open spaces and reservoir parks as well as holds conservation easements on private lands. The Department fosters responsible land stewardship throughout the county through outreach and programs to promote healthy native vegetation management practices. We are committed to fostering a sense of community and appreciation for the natural and agricultural heritage of Larimer County for present and future generations.


Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District
Lee Hancock, Conservation Easement Consultant
801 Swink Ave.
Rocky Ford, CO  81067
Office:  (719) 254-5115

Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District participates in water-related projects that will embody thoughtful conservation, responsible growth, and beneficial water usage within the Lower Arkansas Valley, including the acceptance of conservation easements, with or without water.


Montezuma Land Conservancy
Travis Custer, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1522
Cortez, CO  81321
Office:  (970) 565-1664
Fax:  (970) 565-8889

Montezuma Land Conservancy exists to permanently protect important open lands in partnership with landowners, in order to conserve agricultural, natural, and scenic open space resources in and around Montezuma and Dolores Counties. We accomplish our mission by working cooperatively with landowners in a non-regulatory manner.


Mountain Area Land Trust
Jeanne Beaudry, Executive Director
908 Nob Hill, Suite 200
Evergreen, CO 80439
Office:  (303) 679-0950

Our mission is to save natural areas, wildlife habitat, streams and rivers, working ranches and historic lands for the benefit of the community and as a legacy for future generations.


Palmer Land Trust
Rebecca Jewett, President and Chief Executive Director
102 South Tejon Street, Suite 360
Colorado Springs, CO  80903
Office:  (719) 632-3236
Fax:  (719) 434-3666

Palmer Land Trust is committed to protecting southern Colorado’s lands for present and future generations. We envision a community united around land as essential to our identity, economy, and quality of life. Palmer’s work focuses on conserving working farms and ranches, public recreation, and scenic lands.


Pitkin County Open Space & Trails
Dale Will, Executive Director
530 E. Main Street, #301
Aspen, CO  81611
Office:  (970) 920-5223
Fax:  (970) 920-5198

 Our Mission is to acquire, preserve, maintain and manage open space properties for multiple purposes including, but not limited to, recreational, wildlife, agricultural, scenic and access purposes; and to acquire, preserve, develop, maintain and manage trails for similar purposes.


Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust
Allen Law, Executive Director
P.O. Box 444
Del Norte, CO 81132
Office:  (719) 657-0800
Fax:  (888) 634-9511

Our goals are to protect and support working ranches and farms, water resources, wildlife habitat, scenic landscapes, and inspire a culture of conservation in the San Luis Valley.


Roaring Fork Conservancy
Rick Lofaro, Executive Director
P.O. Box 3349
Basalt, CO  81621
Office:  (970) 927-1290
Fax:  (970) 927-1264

Since 1996, Roaring Fork Conservancy has inspired people to explore, value, and protect the Roaring Fork Watershed. As one of the largest watershed organizations in Colorado, RFC serves residents and visitors through school and community-based Watershed Education programs and Watershed Action Projects including regional watershed planning, water resource policy initiatives, stream management and restoration.


Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Attn: Ryan Chapin
5705 Grant Creek Rd.
Missoula, MT 59808
Office:  (406) 523-0230

The mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.


San Isabel Land Protection Trust
Linda Poole, Executive Director
P.O. Box 124
Westcliffe, CO  81252
Office:  (719) 783-3018

Our vision is that the San Isabel region forever thrives as a beautiful, wild and working landscape with strong agricultural foundations, flowing water and abundant wildlife, with vibrant communities and economies that celebrate and do not compromise these qualities.

San Isabel Land Protection Trust employs collaboration, innovation and science to safeguard health and resiliency of land, waters and wildlife in Colorado’s Fremont, Custer, Huerfano and western Pueblo counties. Through land protection and care programs, strategic partnerships and outreach, we help connect people to nature to ensure the lasting vitality of our land and rural communities.


Southern Plains Land Trust
Nicole Rosmarino, Director
P.O. Box 1016
Lamar, CO 81052
Office:  (719) 841-1757

The Southern Plains Land Trust (SPLT) works to preserve the shortgrass prairie ecosystems of the Southern Plains. We acquire land through purchase and conservation easements and restore it, managing for native flora, fauna, and natural ecosystems.


The Conservation Fund
Christine Quinlan & Justin Spring, Senior Project Managers
1942 Broadway, Suite 323
Boulder, CO  80302
Office:  (303) 444-4369

The Conservation Fund makes conservation work for America.  With solutions that make environmental and economic sense, the Fund is redefining the essential role of conservation in our future prosperity.  Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, the Fund has worked in all 50 states to protect 7.8 million acres since 1985, including over 200,000 acres in Colorado.


The Nature Conservancy
Nancy Fishbein, Director of  Land & Water Protection
2424 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO  80302
Office:  (720) 974-7007

The Conservancy in Colorado is working to transform conservation by building on what we do best-on-the-ground results, science and collaboration. We aim to significantly accelerate the pace of conservation to safeguard Colorado’s forests, grasslands, western rangelands and the rivers that weave them together.


The Trust for Public Land
Jim Petterson, Colorado State Director
1410 Grant St., D210
Denver, CO 80203
Office:  (303) 837-1414

The Trust for Public Land works nationwide and across Colorado to protect and create the special places that people use to connect to nature and to each other.  We have worked in Colorado for nearly 40 years, from the backyards of Front Range cities to the wildlands and working lands of the backcountry.  In addition to its park design and development and land conservation work, the organization actively promotes pro-conservation government policies, works to create new sources of public funding for conservation and conducts research into the community benefits of parks and conservation.


Town of Windsor
301 Walnut Street
Windsor, CO 80550
Office:  (970) 674-2400
Fax:  (970) 674-2456
Founded in 1882, The Town of Windsor is a rapidly-developing community located in the heart of Northern Colorado between the mountains and the plains where open sky meets towering peaks.
The Town of Windsor prides itself on its small-town charm, top-rated programs and events, safety and service.


This information is not intended to be legal or financial advice.  Please consult your own advisor.