About Palmer Land Trust

© Kevin League

In 1977, a group of concerned and passionate Colorado Springs residents banded together to form the William J. Palmer Parks Foundation in order to establish and protect public open spaces and parks in the Front Range. Today, Palmer Land Trust is one of the fifteen largest land trusts in the country based upon conserved acreage easement holdings (there are approximately 1,700 land trusts in the United States), and it is one of the country’s first 100 nationally accredited land trusts.

Our mission is to guarantee that open lands remain a part of southeastern Colorado's heritage. Since our grassroots beginning in 1977, we have protected 105,000 acres of working farms and ranches, signature landscapes and scenic corridors, and public recreation open spaces in a 10-county region.

Recent News

Mar 6th, 2017

We have recently released our 2017 Spring Newsletter. Check out the lastest Palmer news and big wins of 2016 here:

2017 Spring Newsletter

Mar 1st, 2017
Palmer Land Trust has preserved nearly 1,200 acres of the Upper Bear Creek Watershed, also known as Jones Park Open Space, in partnership with El Paso County.
Feb 7th, 2017

Palmer Land Trust is requesting nominations for the seventh-annual Southern Colorado Conservation Awards.