Protecting large swaths of land requires perseverance and creativity — The Nature Conservancy

Roan Cliffs Aerial via Rocky Mountain Wild
Roan Cliffs Aerial via Rocky Mountain Wild

This link popped up yesterday in the Nature Conservancy’s Twitter feed (@Nature_Colorado):

Colorado’s landscapes are spectacular, but areas that are important to people and nature are at risk.

In the Yampa River Basin in northwest Colorado, sage grouse, elk and ranchers all share one thing in common: they depend on large, unbroken tracts of land. Development in the region threatens to divide this landscape into pieces. The result? Habitats and water supplies are stretched thin.

In eastern Colorado’s grasslands, you’ll find one of the largest expanses of intact prairie left in the United States. Pronghorn, migratory birds, fossils, Native American history—they’re all part of this spectacular landscape. So, too, are the ranchers, farmers and communities that depend on the landscape for their way of life.

At The Nature Conservancy, our long-term vision is to protect important places that are large enough to sustain nature and resilient enough to withstand climate change and ongoing development.

Click here to go to the website and learn more about the Nature Conservancy’s successes in Colorado.

The Yampa River flows through the Carpenter Ranch. Photo courtesy of John Fielder from his new book, “Colorado’s Yampa River: Free Flowing & Wild from the Flat Tops to the Green.” -- via The Mountain Town News
The Yampa River flows through the Carpenter Ranch. Photo courtesy of John Fielder from his new book, “Colorado’s Yampa River: Free Flowing & Wild from the Flat Tops to the Green.” — via The Mountain Town News

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