Thank you for helping preserve the Western Colorado experience!

West Slope Conservation Partners 

Colorado's unmatched quality of life and growing economy poses a threat to our landscape, agriculture, wildlife and way of life. Though growth is inevitable and can be beneficial, it is our responsibility to manage development in a way that preserves this great state, our economy, our residents and our lifestyle.

West Slope Conservation Partners is an alliance between four area land trusts to help improve our efforts and collaborate together to find better ways to preserve our open spaces and educate the public about stewardship and responsibility. These land trusts have connected to explore new ways to support each other and further conservation success on the Western Slope. Together we have preserved 193,238 acres of Colorado land, including 120,037 acres of elk ranges, 75,971 of agricultural acres and 462 miles of rivers, lakes and streams. 

11-20-2019: Just Released: 2019 West Slope Report

The West Slope Conservation Partners just released its first collaborative report for the purpose of conservation and stewardship education. Leadership teams from Colorado West Land Trust, La Plata Open Space Conservancy, Crested Butte Land Trust and Montezuma Land Conservancy have combined data and success stories to provide the Western Slope of Colorado with a complete overview of agriculture, wildlife, recreation and stewardship efforts. 

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Support your local land trusts and conservation partners on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 10. Use the links below to give through the Colorado Gives Day website or choose to give through a direct website link.

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Donate through Colorado Gives: 

Donate through CWLT website:

Serving Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, Gunnison and San Miguel Counties.

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Donate through Colorado Gives: 

Donate through CWLT website:

Serving Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, Gunnison and San Miguel Counties.

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Serving Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley.

Donate through CWLT website:

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Donate through Colorado Gives: 

Donate through CWLT website:

Serving the SW corner of Colorado including Durango, Ouray, San Jaun, Montezuma, Hinsdale and La Plata.

Serving Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley.

Donate through Colorado Gives: 

Donate through CWLT website:

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Serving Montezuma, Dolores and San Miguel Counties.

Donate through Colorado Gives: 

Donate through CWLT website:

Agriculture 

Wildlife

Recreation

Nearly half of the state's 66 million acres are dedicated to farms and ranches. With fertile plains and diverse agricultural production, Colorado's vibrant farm and ranch industry not only is a key economic driver, but lends to quality food supply and long-term sustainability.

Protecting winter and summer ranges allows continued access to food and water, migration corridors and calving grounds that are crucial to our Colorado Elk herds and other wildlife. 

The growing recreation industry in Colorado topped $62 billion in 2018. Conserving trails and open spaces provides healthy outdoor activities for our locals and attracts over 85 million tourists to the state each year. 

To learn more about how you can help contribute to the ongoing stewardship of this great state, contact Western Slope Conservation Partners through our online form, or contact one of our partner organizations directly. 

2019 West Slope Conservation Partners

Colorado Agriculture