Colorado, now with 4.3 million residents, is the third-fastest growing state in the country. Colorado grew by over 30% in the 1990's, and a million new people are expected to move here over the next ten years. Colorado suffers from all the symptoms of rapid growth: overcrowded schools, traffic, smog, and sprawl. Every hour, an average of ten acres of our farmland and open space are lost to development.
Our conservation philosophy centers around the preservation of resources, treasured as values, that enrich the lives of Colorado residents and visitors. Conservation in and of itself is a worthwhile endeavor, but by focusing on the benefits that are realized through our efforts, we hope to allow many people to experience these values for themselves.
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