We are Southern Colorado

From the summit of Pikes Peak to the rolling grasslands of the lower Arkansas Valley, we are one region connected by water and a beautiful, diverse landscape.

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Our vision is a community united around land as essential to our identity, economy, and quality of life. 

Palmer By the Numbers acres preserved 105,000
Palmer By the Numbers public parks and openspaces protected forever 17
Palmer By the Numbers largest land trust in USAbased on acreage under conservation easements 13 th

Our mission is to protect southern Colorado's lands for present and future generations.

Recreation

Open spaces like Ute Valley Open Space, Red Rock Canyon, Stratton Open Space and Bear Creek Park provide recreational opportunities for city residents and tourists alike. Palmer Land Trust’s work to preserve public open spaces ensures a quality of life that residents and local businesses value. Our efforts also support tourism, which is one of the region’s leading economic sectors.

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Signature Landscapes

Our signature landscapes define not just a community, but an entire region. They form our collective identity as Coloradans. As core community assets, they are the very heart and soul of our region. This is why Palmer Land Trust is working to ensure that these properties and the scenic viewsheds surrounding them remain protected forever.

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Working Farms & Ranches

Palmer Land Trust’s agriculture effort has two core focuses: preserving working farms and their water resources; and preserving large-scale working ranches. This multi-faceted effort is based on the premise that by using conservation as a tool for maintaining a strong agricultural base, native prairie is left intact, regional water resources are preserved, and resilient rural communities are sustained.

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May 24th, 2017

We have been partnering with land owners and protecting land for 40 years now! That's more than 105,000 acres of outdoor recreation, scenic views and agricultural land that will always be a part of the Southern Colorado landscape.

May 24th, 2017
Every year, we use the spring and summer seasons to connect with landowners and set up visits to each property we help protect. Our team members who make annual property visits are often scientists – biologists and ecologists – and land management experts with long experience working with the land and landowners.
May 16th, 2017
Colorado is the first state in the nation to have an entire day dedicated to recognizing and enjoying our public lands! This year, May 20th is our opportunity to celebrate the beauty and significance of Colorado’s wide-open, accessible, scenic views and recreation areas. 

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Why I Give

As a small business owner, it can be challenging to find and attract incredible employees. The most important quality that this region offers is outdoor recreation. The work that Palmer Land Trust is critical to ensuring that the qualities that make Colorado unique are maintained, not just for the short term, but forever. Today, PLT's steadfast commitment to land conservation has never been more important. Our lands, open spaces, and outdoor recreation are critical to the success of small businesses like Oxbow Labs. This is why I give.

Winn Jewett - Oxbow Labs