Ranchers from Ecuador meet with TNC conservationists at Medano-Zapata ranch about grassland habitat preservation.

The Conservancy in Colorado created the Center for Conservation Science and Strategy bringing together stakeholders, experts and the best information to address these important issues:

Measuring Conservation Success—How successful are our conservation efforts in Colorado? Where do we need to be focusing more of our efforts? In collaboration with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, we are developing a Measures of Conservation Success assessment that shows which species and ecosystems need more protection.

Forests
—How can we catalyze a massive increase in forest restoration to protect communities and restore the health of our forests? The Front Range Roundtable catalyzes efforts to reduce fire risk and improve forest health.

Water—How can we ensure that the needs of nature are considered in future decision-making about water supply? Center staff are working with a broad group of water interests to pilot the Watershed Flow Evaluation Tool to assess how flow management can protect or put species and ecosystems at risk.

Energy
—How can we reduce the footprint of oil and gas and renewable energy development? Colorado is a key location for energy development—the Conservancy's Development by Design approach helps to guide decisions that avoid, minimize and mitigate environmental damage. See the report Colorado: Mountains to Plains: Energy by Design.

Climate
—The Conservancy, in collaboration with the Gunnison Climate Working Group, has completed a vulnerability assessment to identify which species and ecosystems of the Upper Gunnison Basin will be affected by projected changes and why. The Group is piloting an on-the-ground climate adaptation project to enhance the resilience of riparian habitats in sagebrush shrublands. This is a project of the Southwest Climate Change Initiative, which provides information and tools to conservation practitioners for climate adaptation in vulnerable landscapes.