CCALT's conservation easements tie water resources to the land and permanently restrict development so the land will always be available for agricultural use. Easements also devalue property, making it easier for families to retain and work their land, which can be difficult as development pressures increase property values.
Not so long ago, our nation's profound connections to the land were obvious. These ties may be less apparent now, but they are no less real. Vital needs such as fresh food and clean water still depend on the land. And that is only the beginning.
Land conservation keeps our rural heritage alive, fosters healthy communities, generates good jobs, supports sustainable agriculture, preserves diverse wildlife habitats, and maintains the wild landscapes of the West.
Our Future Depends on the Land
More than 80% of Colorado's private lands are owned by farmers and ranchers, families whose commitment to stewardship runs generations deep. Carrying on this legacy so the land continues to thrive for future generations is the essence of conservation.
Colorado's population is expected to grow by more than two million people in the next 20 years, putting millions of acres at risk of development. Stewardship of our agricultural lands has never been more important, and CCALT is the only land trust in the state dedicated exclusively to conserving these working lands.