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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
Nathan Mosley, 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, Associate 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.

Black Canyon Regional Land Trust
Alecia Phillips, Executive Director 1561 Oxbow Drive

Montrose, CO 81401
Office: (970) 240-2050

Black Canyon Regional Land Trust serves as a non-profit, non-political organization that encourages and assists private landowners in preserving the open lands, working farms and ranches, and critical natural and cultural resources of southwest Colorado, for the benefit of the public today and in perpetuity.

Boulder County Parks and Open Space
Janis Whisman, Real Estate Division Manager
5201 St. Vrain Road Longmont, CO 80503
Office: (303) 678-6263
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.

City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department
Tawnya Ernst, Real Estate Specialist III

300 Laporte Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Office: (970) 416-2245

The Natural Areas Department’s mission is to conserve and enhance lands with existing or potential natural area values, lands that serve as community separators, agricultural lands, and lands with scenic values. Conservation of natural habitats and features is the highest priority while providing education and recreation for the Fort Collins community.

City of Loveland Parks & Recreation Department
Brian Hayes, Open Lands Coordinator

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 L. 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 agricultural land, heritage and families for future generations by conserving working rural landscapes.

Colorado Headwaters Land Trust
Carse Pustmueller, Executive Director

P.O. Box 1938
52 North 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
Bob Broscheid, Director

Matt Lucia, Land Protection Specialist
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

355 S. Teller Street, Suite 210
Lakewood, CO 80226
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.

Continental Divide Land Trust
Rachel Winkler, Program Manager

P.O. Box 4488
Frisco, CO 80443
Office: (970) 453-3875

Continental Divide Land Trust is dedicated to preserving open space in central Colorado through land preservation agreements, stewardship and public education. We protect the natural lands, forests, meadows, rivers, wetlands, wildlife habitat, ranch lands, and rural landscapes that epitomize the beauty of Colorado and contribute to a healthy and sustainable future for our community.

Crested Butte Land Trust
Ann Johnston, 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
513 Wilcox Street, Ste. 230
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)
Julia Firl, Land Protection Specialist

1825 Sharp Point Dr. #118
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Office: (970)217-6799

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
Jim Daus, 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 Natural Resources
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
Mary Banken, Executive Director
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
Joy Lucisano, Real Estate Coordinator
700 Jefferson County Parkway, Ste. 100
Golden, CO 80401
Office: (303) 271-5937
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
Amy Schwarzbach, Executive Director
102 East 8th Street, Suite 202
P.O. Box 1651
Durango, CO 81302
Office: (970)259-3415

As one of the oldest Land Trusts in SW Colorado, LPOSC has protected over 25,000 acres of land in seven counties including San Juan County New Mexico. LPOSC works with land owners, government agencies, and other entities to protect our working landscapes for agriculture, wildlife, watershed protection, and historical/archeological sites. LPOSC also protects open space for scenic and recreational values.

Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas
Andrew Mackie, Executive Director

P.O. Box 942
Salida, CO 81201
Office: (719) 539-7700

The Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas is committed to establishing a foundation of conservation for our land and water resources while helping bridge the challenges of change through responsible initiatives and education programs for future generations. Our mission is to protect in perpetuity the important natural, agricultural, scenic, historic lands, and the water resources and riparian areas in Lake, Chaffee, Fremont, Saguache and Park Counties.

Larimer County Natural Resources
Kerri Rollins, Open Lands Program Manager
1800 S. County Road 31
Loveland, CO 80537
Office: (970) 619-4577
Fax: (970) 619-4574

Natural Resources manages Larimer County’s great outdoor places, including open spaces and magnificent water-based recreation areas, and fosters responsible land stewardship through weed management and healthy forest 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.

Legacy Land Trust
Nancy West, Acting Executive Director
223 Linden Street, Suite 200
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Office: (970) 266-1711

The mission of Legacy Land Trust is to conserve and protect key natural, scenic and agricultural lands of northern Colorado that make this region a special place to live and work while working in collaboration with local landowners, other non-profit organizations, and other land protection agencies.

Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District
Bill Hancock, Conservation Program Manager

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.

Mesa Land Trust
Rob Bleiberg, Executive Director
1006 Main Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Office: (970) 263-5443
Fax: (970) 243-4135

Mesa Land Trust is a private, nonprofit land conservation organization based in Mesa County in Western Colorado. We work to protect the natural heritage, unique character, agriculture and history of the region by working directly with landowners and through collaborations with private and public agencies.

Montezuma Land Conservancy
Jon Leibowitz, 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
P.O. Box 4063
Evergreen, CO 80437
Office: (303) 679-0950
Fax: (303) 679-0949

Mountain Area Land Trust’s mission is to save scenic vistas, natural areas, wildlife habitats, water resources, working ranches and historic lands for the benefit of the community and as a legacy for future generations.

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

Palmer Land Trust is a nonprofit organization working to preserve important open lands in southeastern Colorado. Our mission is to guarantee that open lands remain a part of southeastern Colorado’s heritage.

Pitkin County Open Space & Trails
Mr. 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
Nancy Butler, 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
Heather Lewin, Watershed Action Coordinator
P.O. Box 3349 Basalt, CO 81623
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
Susanne Roller, Lands Program Manager CO & NM
Office: 720-883-1990

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
Ben Lenth, Executive Director

P.O. Box 124
Westcliffe, CO 81252
Office: (719) 783-3018

The vision of San Isabel Land Protection Trust is that our region forever remains a beautiful, wild and working landscape with a strong agricultural foundation and a vibrant, healthy community.

San Miguel Conservation Foundation
Chris Hazen, Director

P.O. Box 2466
Telluride, CO 81435
Office: (970) 728-1539
Fax: (970) 728-9080

SMCF’s mission is to be responsive to the special needs of the land and people in San Miguel County and to preserve land on open space and wildlife sanctuary.

Southern Plains Land Trust
Nicole Rosmarino, Director
6439 E. Maplewood Avenue
Centennial, CO 80111
Office: (303) 993-6744

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, Project Manager
1942 Broadway, Suite 323
Boulder, CO 80302
Office: (303) 444-4369
Fax: (303) 938-3763

Our mission is to save land for future generations. We work hand-in-hand with community and government leaders, businesses, landowners, conservation nonprofits and other partners to save the places that matter most.

The Nature Conservancy
Kate Shorrock, Land Conservation Program Manager
2424 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Office: (303) 444-2950

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 35 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.

Yampa Valley Land Trust
Susan Dorsey, Executive Director
P.O. Box 773014
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Office: (970) 879-7240

Yampa Valley Land Trust is a dynamic, results-oriented, community-based, non-profit land conservation organization that works in partnership with willing landowners to secure conservation easements that permanently protect the rural landscapes and important ecological resources found throughout Northwest Colorado.


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