Investments in conservation easements reap benefits for Colorado

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: 

http://source.colostate.edu/investments-conservation-easements-reap-benefits-colorado/

Colorado’s diverse landscape has a rich natural and agricultural heritage that fuels the economy. Photo: Michael Menefee

Colorado’s diverse landscape has a rich natural and agricultural heritage that fuels the economy. Photo: Michael Menefee

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."