Preservation Efforts

The open space sales and use tax passed by voters in 1994 is dedicated to the protection of open space and for parks and cannot be used for any other purpose.  Since the inception of the Open Space Program, 63,037 acres have been protected through a combination of fee purchases and conservation easements, through extraordinary partnerships with Great Outdoors Colorado, Colorado Division of  Parks and Wildlife, land trusts, private landowners and others.  For every $1 of sales tax funds spent, the County has received $2.98 in partnership funding.

The following are acquisitions in which Douglas County Open Space Sales and Use Tax was used:

Private Conservation Easements 44,074 acres
Private property with land use restrictions. A land trust or government agency holds the conservation easement. 70% of all lands preserved
Owned by Douglas County 16,980 acres
To protect natural resources, wildlife habitat, agricultural operations, scenic views, or other unique features. May have opportunities for public access, and most are protected by conservation easements. 27% of all lands preserved
Owned by Others 1,983 acres
May be State park, local municipalities or other agencies. 3% of all lands preserved
Total Preserved 63,037 acres
Total Property Costs $211,997,936.00
Partner Contributions $135,139,294
County Contributions $76,855,642

This represents $2.76 in partner contributions for every $1.00 of Open Space Sales and Use Tax spent.

NOTE: This chart does not include State Parks, Pike National Forest, other public land acquired by other means, or privately preserved open space.