Palmer Land Trust’s service area runs the length of Colorado’s southern Front Range—from the northern Pikes Peak region to the New Mexico border and from mountain ranges east of the Continental Divide to the working shortgrass prairie in eastern Colorado. Palmer works in ten counties—El Paso, Teller, Pueblo, Park, Crowley, Otero, Las Animas, Huerfano, Custer and Fremont—across an area that encompasses over ten million acres of land. Palmer Land Trust is currently engaged in a number of exciting conservation campaigns.
Lands in the service area face a variety of conservation threats including rapid population growth, competing water and resource interests, extraction activities, and shifting economic and demographic trends that affect agricultural activities. Approximately a quarter of the land in the area is in public ownership. Approximately 400,000 acres of land are protected through conservation measures, with the Palmer Land Trust having protected approximately 70,000 of these acres.