Natural areas are yours to treasure, today and for the future. The Natural Areas Department manages and restores land to its native state. Conservation of natural features is the top priority, while providing education and recreation for the Fort Collins community.
You are an important steward of natural areas too! You can help take care of special natural places by following regulations. If you'd like to get more involved, consider volunteering!
You can also be a steward by creating habitat in your own backyard. The Backyard Wildlife Habitat brochure helps you get started.
Stewardship by young people is important too so the Natural Areas Department has been an active participant in the Children and Nature Connection- Northern Colorado collaborative. Field trips for school children and educational programs for families are a great way for everyone to have fun and learn about the natural world and stewardship.
Restoration efforts are led by the Resource Management division of the Natural Areas Department. The staff cares for vegetation, soils, wetlands, wildlife and scenic values. This work group develops resource management plans, manages plants and wildlife and monitors and inventories natural resources in support of ecological restoration. Read the Resource Management Team's Annual Report, 2015 here.