CPW's Partners in the Outdoors Conference

Presented by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Partners in the Outdoors Conference brings together stakeholders engaged in the future of Colorado's conservation and recreational opportunities.  Our conference provides a platform to network, collaborate, and create initiatives that connect coalitions of organizations, agencies, schools, businesses, and communities. At this one-of-a-kind conference, we work together to advance outdoor recreation, education, and conservation.

While benefitting from professional development, partner recognition, and grant funding opportunities, conference attendees commit to fostering a strong stewardship ethic throughout Colorado. Together, we promote awareness and respect for natural resources, sustainable growth of businesses, and responsible hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Through our collective work and effective partnerships, we invest in improving the quality of life for all Coloradans. 

Join us in May 2018 to be a part of the conversation. CCLT will be there with many of our member organizations!

Conservation Excellence 2017

Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts' Conservation Excellence Conference is the place for the land conservation community across the Rocky Mountain region to share knowledge and network. With more than 200 attendees annually, CCLT's conference helps define and influence the future of land conservation in the Intermountain West. 

Healthy Lands & Healthy People

March 22 - March 23, 2017 (already past)

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

2255 E Evans Ave
Denver, CO 80210

Session Slides and Handouts

Did you get a chance to attend all the sessions you wanted to? Did you miss a handout? Check here or contact us at info@cclt.org to be put in touch with presenters at Conservation Excellence. 

Wednesday, March 22, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Do the Right Thing (Stewardship Edition)
GOCO 101: A Grant-Writing Workshop & Input Session (PDF download 6.8MB)
Beyond the Blacktop: Organizing for Habitat and Health
The Business of Running a Land Trust

Wednesday, March 22, 2:15-3:30 p.m.
Conservation in a Changing World - Ethical Considerations
Our Legacy for Families and Communities (PDF download 2.6MB)
Cache La Poudre- On the Trail to Health, Heritage, and Happiness (PDF download 4.4MB)
Strategic Planning for Fundraising (PDF download 451KB)

Wednesday, March 22, 3:45-5:00 p.m.
Putting Humpty Dumpty Together Again-A Case Study of Transferring Abandoned Easements (PDF download 1MB)
Water Case Law Study: What if the Ditch Goes Away? (PDF download 6.6MB)
Cultivating Colorado: Options for Sustaining Healthy, Regional Food Systems and the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers 

Thursday, March 23, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Colorado Tax Credit Program Update
Colorado Wildlife Habitat Protection Program Update (PDF download 7.6MB)
Come Fly With Me! Using The Aerial Perspective To Raise And Save Money (PDF download 2MB)
Why Your Land Trust NEEDS a Succession Plan Now!

Thursday, March 23, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Legislative and Sunset Review Updates (PDF download 81KB)
Conserve, Redevelop, and Undevelop: New Frontiers in Land Conservation (PDF download 562KB)
Giving Yourself An Out - Knowing When To Say "No!"
On Common Ground: Connecting with Supporters, Building Community

Thursday, March 23, 2:15-3:30 p.m.
Current Issues in the Taxation of Conservation Easements (PDF download 1.4MB)
Baseline Documentation Above and Beyond the Treasury Regulations: How and Why (PDF Review checklist 91KB;  PDF CCALT criteria list 390KB; PDF presenter notes 74KB, PDF Resources 73K)
How to Pick the Database Technologies for Your Land Trust
Donor-Centric Fundraising or: How I Got Over Asking for Money and Started Having Fun (PDF download 516KB

Thursday, March 23, 3:45-5:00 p.m.
Conservation Easement Case-Law Update (PDF download 234KB)
When ATMs Come Knocking: Practical Considerations for Land Trusts on Alternative Water Management Strategies
Do You Have Enough?
Stronger Together – Collaboration Opportunities for Land Trusts


We had two excellent keynote speakers for our "Healthy Lands & Healthy People" theme.

Margaret Sabin

Margaret Sabin

Finding Your Why

“Does your ‘why’ make you feel happy and hopeful? If it’s about guilt, restrictions, and feelings of inadequacy, you haven’t found your why. Once you’ve found the right ‘why,’ then success depends on a plan and mastery.” – Margaret Sabin

Margaret Sabin from Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a national leader in preventative health and wellness and a five-time CEO with over 37 years of experience dealing with the health care community. She has been named one of the Colorado Springs Business Journal's "Women of Influence" and in 2014, was named Colorado Springs Business Journal's "Healthiest CEO." We look forward to hearing how a healthy lifestyle impacts all aspects of life.

Wendy Jackson

Wendy Jackson

Wendy Jackson, Executive Vice President at the Land Trust Alliance, also joined us for keynote remarks. Wendy joined the Land Trust Alliance 2016 after serving as the Executive Director at the Freshwater Land Trust in Alabama. As the Executive Vice President, Jackson manages teams that deliver essential services to land trusts. She creates strategies to best deliver the Alliance’s policy, advocacy, community conservation, and regional programs to serve the needs of land trusts and increase their effectiveness, all while helping the organization cultivate new donors and partnerships. We look forward to hearing Wendy discuss engaging our communities in effective conservation strategies.