CNHP Conservation Planning Team

Taking Action – Putting Conservation Data to Use

The awesome beauty of Colorado’s diverse natural landscapes makes our state one of the most desirable and fastest-growing in the nation. A big part of the appeal of Colorado’s natural beauty is the variety of plants and animals found here. Unfortunately, many of these plants and animals can’t live in proximity to some human activities.

Rapid growth can mean land use decisions on short timelines. A challenge for landowners, land managers, and land use planners is to make choices that allow people to pursue their livelihoods while maintaining the community’s natural character and preserving all the plants and animals that live here. The CNHP Conservation Planning Team assists landowners, managers, and other interested parties:

Develop Landscape-Scale Plans - CNHP’s expertise in landscape-scale planning can help you determine:

  • The state, national, or global context for understanding the significance of location conservation areas.
  • How to coordinate biodiversity conservation with other planning objectives (such as wildlife habitat, conservation of open space and working landscapes, recreational areas, and development).
  • The extent to which existing plans affect your future ability to undertake conservation action.
  • How to cooperate with neighbors to make a bigger or more strategic impact.

Develop Local-Scale Plans - CNHP’s Conservation Planning Team is available to assist landowners, managers, and other interested parties in developing plans to direct local conservation action for rare or vulnerable species. CNHP’s planners can help you:

  • Convene stakeholders and neighboring practitioners to develop a comprehensive, strategic approach to conservation.
  • Coordinate the conservation of rare or vulnerable species with other planning objectives using state-of-the-art GIS technology.
  • Facilitate development of site-specific goals and implementation strategies.

Develop Site-Specific Plans - CNHP uses a site-specific planning process developed by The Nature Conservancy to help you answer these questions:

  • What species and natural communities are we trying to conserve?
  • What types of natural systems support them, and how do these systems work?
  • What stresses are threatening these systems, and where are these stresses coming from?
  • What action can be taken to alleviate these stresses?
  • How can we maximize conservation effectiveness within the context of local communities’ values, economies, and social systems?
  • Given all the above, what are our highest priorities for on-the-ground action?
  • How will we know when we’ve succeeded?