colorado cattlemen's agricultural land trust
CCALT was formed in 1995 by the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) to help Colorado’s ranchers and farmers protect their agricultural lands and encourage the intergenerational transfer of ranches and farms. CCA was the first state livestock association in the nation to form a land trust. Five other state livestock associations have followed suit, including Wyoming, California, Kansas, Texas, and Oregon.
Since 1995, CCALT has partnered with landowners across Colorado to protect productive agricultural land. This work has helped agricultural families to achieve their estate planning goals, pay down debt, save for retirement, pay for long-term health care and college education, diversify and expand operations, and preserve their agricultural heritage. It has also helped to preserve the natural resources that make Colorado such a special place to live and visit.
colorado open lands
Colorado Open Lands is a 501(c)3 nonprofit land trust that exists to protect Colorado’s land and water resources. We work primarily with private landowners to place voluntary agreements called conservation easements on their property. Their ranch stays their ranch, their farm stays their farm. The process is driven by the wishes of the landowner with the goal of protecting open space, water, and wildlife habitat – forever.
We believe that the unmatched quality of life that Colorado offers is directly tied to our natural resources. With projected growth of over 2.3 million new residents by 2040, we believe we can preserve that quality of life by protecting the most special places in Colorado while we still have the chance.