Investing In Colorado – CSU Study Shows Economic Benefits of Land Conservation

Investing In Colorado – CSU Study Shows Economic Benefits of Land Conservation

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic riders pass over 1,000 acres of land conserved by LPOSC conservation easements. Photo by Ben Brashear

A 2017 Colorado State University study on the economic benefits of land conservation in Colorado shows that residents of Colorado have received an estimated $5.5-$13.7 billion (US$2017) of economic benefits from land conserved by conservation easements while the State has invested roughly $1.1 billion (US$2017)– through approximately $280 million from GOCO and $772 million from the Conservation Easement Tax Credit program on these efforts since 1995. This represents roughly $4-$12 of public benefits provided by conserved land for each $1 invested by the State and a benefit per acre of about $2,700-$6,600 against an investment of about $500 in real 2017 dollars. GOCO investments have also been matched by over $760 million in local government and federal funding and real estate value donated by landowners.

Click here to read the full CSU report: ColoradoStateU_CE-ROI-study_web


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