Colorado Natural Areas

The Colorado Natural Areas Program (CNAP) is a statewide program focused on the recognition and protection of areas that contain at least one unique or high-quality natural feature of statewide significance. The goal of CNAP is to work cooperatively with landowners to identify, monitor and protect a system of natural areas representing a diverse spectrum of Colorado’s natural heritage. To date, there are 93 Designated Natural Areas protecting over 250 rare, threatened or endangered species or plant communities. They occur on private, state and federal lands and involve voluntary land management agreements. Twenty-three parcels of state trust land (totaling more than 30,000 acres) are Designated Colorado Natural Areas; all but two of these properties are also in the Stewardship Trust.

For more information on CNAP, please visit Colorado Natural Areas Program at Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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