The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit conservation organization with more than a million members, is known for a balanced approach to conservation that provides for human needs while protecting native animals and plants by safeguarding the lands and waters they need to survive. We have protected more than 119 million acres of land and more than 5,000 river miles around the world. In Colorado, the Conservancy has protected more than 600,000 acres of forests, prairies, canyons and wetlands while maintaining the support of +/- 30,000 in-state members.
Colorado’s state headquarters office is located in Boulder with an ancillary statewide office in Denver. The program also maintains 5 community-based project offices in Telluride, Hayden, Mosca, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs, along with a significant network of preserves spread throughout these five project areas.
The Colorado Program is currently managed in a collaborative fashion, focusing on conservation goals and outcomes embodied in a $70 million capital campaign, known as Countdown Colorado. Launched in 2007, Countdown Colorado focuses on five thematic areas. Each theme contains specific conservation goals meant to positively and dramatically alter natural resource management and conservation in Colorado, in aggregate effectively doubling the amount of conservation accomplished by The Nature Conservancy in the preceding 40 years in a 5 year timeframe.