|Reaching Toward the Future|
City Council directed expansion of the Land Conservation Plan to include "regional" land conservation, in response to the Open Space Yes! Citizen Initiative passed by voters in 2002 and public input received in 2002 and 2003.
City Council adopted a resolution that:
Land conservation is accomplished through the purchase of lands, acceptance of donated lands, and purchase or donation of conservation easements. Lands are acquired solely by the Natural Areas Program or in partnership with other City departments, or in partnership with other entities (e.g., Larimer County).
The Fort Collins Natural Areas Program manages most, but not all, of the land it conserves. The program currently manages 10,500 acres. Lands conserved by conservation easements are managed by property owners who continue existing operations (often farming or ranching). For future regional land conservation, the City will acquire and manage lands, will partner with other entities (e.g., Larimer County) to purchase and management lands, and will acquire conservation easements with the land remaining under private management.