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Natural Areas

Certified Natural Areas#

2019/2020 Update#

Thank you for your interest in the Certified Natural Areas program. This program allows for residents to apply for Enhancement Funds is now being transferred to the grant fund programs being run through Nature in the City. Applications for grant funds will be open November 15, 2019 - January 15, 2020. Certification will not be necessary to apply for funds. 


The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department encourages site management practices that focus on protecting, restoring, and enhancing native animal and plant communities. The Natural Areas Certification Program was created to provide natural areas management guidance to private landowners and non-City public landowners.


The Ponds Certified Natural Area

Land certified as a natural area is managed by the landowner so that native animal and plant communities are enhanced, restored and protected. City staff provides assistance in the planning of this management. Landowners can feel proud that they are contributing to the Fort Collins community's goal of resource protection. Not only will they be providing higher quality habitat for the wildlife that they and their family enjoy seeing, but they will also be contributing to the protection and enhancement of the quality of life for all of Fort Collins citizens.


Rachel Steeves, Environmental Planner
Natural Areas Department
1745 Hoffman Mill Road, P.O. Box 580
Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580