Colorado nature conservancy steels fork ranch conservation science

TNC Colorado's Science Team develops creative, collaborative and science-based solutions to Colorado’s most pressing conservation challenges affecting people and nature. The Center provides robust science and policy analysis to proactively create the products, information and planning methodologies needed to address these challenges.

Recently, the Science Team completed a Conservation Progress Assessment to evaluate progress made toward land protection and management objectives. This assessment produced a report quantifying progress towards land objectives, describing steps needed to secure and continue protection and management progress, and suggesting ways in which conservation planning and implementation can be improved. 

Members of the Science Team have also participated in a multi-year experiment to prevent or resolve water supply permit disputes for the proposed Halligan and Seaman Reservoir expansion.  

In 2017, the Science Team acted as part  of a multi-disciplinary team to monitor the native fish and habitat outcomes resulting from a managed release of water from the McPhee Reservoir.