About Palmer Land Trust

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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 top 20 largest land trusts in the country based upon conserved acreage easement holdings (there are approximately 1,700 land trusts in the United States), and we were one of the country’s first 100 nationally accredited land trusts.

Our mission is to protect southern Colorado's lands for present and future generations. Since our grassroots beginning in 1977, we have protected more than 139,000 acres of working farms and ranches, signature landscapes and scenic corridors, and public recreation open spaces throughout southern Colorado.

Recent News

Aug 27th, 2018

UPDATE August 28, 2018: City Council unanimously approved this expansion. Read more here

Aug 9th, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The continued conservation of Colorado’s iconic landscapes and agricultural heritage requires dedication, gumption, and innovation.  To honor the individuals and organizations exhibiting these efforts, Palmer Land Trust is introducing the Inspired Future Award.

Aug 9th, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – With more than 40 years dedicated to conservation, hundreds of thousands of acres protected through her work, and more than $1 billion provided toward conservation through statewide programs she helped initiate, Sydney Shafroth Macy exemplifies a lifetime of conservation.