A new study from Colorado State University finds each dollar invested by Colorado in conservation easements produces between $4 and $12 of public benefit for Coloradans. Read the press release here:
From the press release: "Based on the new analysis, the CSU research team found the investments from the state programs conserve:
- More than 114,450 acres of preliminary priority habitat for greater sage grouse
- Nearly 300,000 acres of prime farmland
- 250 miles along designated scenic byways
- More than 4,100 miles of streams, creeks, and rivers
- More than 270,000 acres of habitat used by elk during severe winter conditions
The state programs have invested nearly $1.1 billion on conservation easements since 1995, according to the new analysis. CSU researchers — who examined data on 2.1 million acres of Colorado lands with conservation easements — said the related benefits for state residents are as high as $13.7 billion."