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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News

Nov 7th, 2017
The Land Trust Alliance in Washington D.C. has invited Palmer Land Trust’s Executive Director Rebecca Jewett to join their Land Trust Leadership Council.
Oct 31st, 2017

When we were awarded a $60,750 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, we were excited. So was local station KRCC 91.5. Jake Brownell spoke with Palmer Director of Operations, Anais Spitzer, about the grant and what plans are in place to "Cultivate the next generation of conservationists." 

Oct 31st, 2017

Colorado State University released the results of an important conservation study in 2017. The study shows that conservation investments by the state return a lot in economic benefit to Coloradans - up to $12 for every $1 of investment.

Why I Give - Winn Jewett - Oxbow Labs

Oxbow Labs Team

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

Why I Give - Ari Beckman

I like to go hiking and enjoy the land near where I live. Section 16 is my favorite spot right now, and I want more places like that to be preserved. Land conservation does more than just keep the view pretty, and I want to help further the efforts of an organization geared toward protecting open space to help the natural environment flourish.

Ari Beckman

Why I Give - Patti Freudenburg

Having both grown up in wild, open, wonderful places (on Guam for Tony, in Nebraska for Patti) with plenty of room for exploration, it is natural that we want to do what we can to provide similar opportunities for future generations here. Whether it is preserving contiguous wildlife corridors or protecting farm and ranch land in the Lower Arkansas Valley, we are delighted to be a part of the Palmer Land Trust’s ongoing efforts. The accomplishments of PLT benefit us all.

Patti Freudenburg

Why I Give - Dick Harwood

Two of the things I love most about the Pikes Peak Region are its natural beauty and all the outdoor recreational opportunities it affords in our very backyard. I never tire of hiking places like Red Rock Canyon, Ute Valley Park and Section 16, or enjoying the spectacular and almost unobstructed mountain vistas as I drive up Ute Pass and circle Pikes Peak on the Gold Belt Byway.
If it weren’t for the preservation work of Palmer Land Trust, areas like these would be developed and lost forever to future generations. That’s why I think it’s so important to support this crucial organization in any way I can.

Dick Harwood

Why I Give - Rachel Beck

I grew up in a valley that boasted some of the best soil in the country. But because of rampant, unplanned development, the citrus groves and vegetable fields became crowded subdivisions and strip malls, traffic and air pollution increased, roadside produce stands became scarce, and the beautiful mountain views the community enjoyed were marred. The Palmer Land Trust ensures that that won’t happen in Southern Colorado, helping to preserve our favorite recreation spots, wildlife habitat, mountain views, agricultural communities and the natural environment that makes this such a great place to live.

Rachel Beck

Why I Give - Matt Niznik (and little Owen)

Palmer Land Trust protects the lands and communities that make Southern Colorado special. From the trails I hike to the local produce I eat, Palmer Land Trust guarantees that these valuable assets will continue to define Colorado for my children and future generations.

Matt Niznik (and little Owen)