Welcome to COSA!
The Colorado Open Space Alliance is a statewide organization of publicly funded local and regional open space programs, working cooperatively to share information, create public awareness and foster partnerships needed to protect and preserve the special places of Colorado.
- The 2013 annual COSA conference will be held at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, September 9-11. This year's conference is themed "The Climate of Conservation" and will offer a great variety of sessions and amazing field trips in a beautiful setting!
Booking Code: 5806
- Session Descriptions
- Conference Agenda
- Conference scholarships are available, click here for an application.
- Each year COSA acknowledges outstanding projects and individual through the Blue Grama awards, presented at the annual conference. Click here for more information.
2013 Conference Sponsors
- The annual conference attracts over 200 open space professionals statewide. Sponsorship opportunities available (pdf).
A huge thanks to all of our sponsors! Please show them your support.
||Smith Environmental and Engineering*
|Wattle and Daub
||Trust for Public Lands
||Logan Simpson Design Inc.
Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts - Updates at www.cclt.org on legislation regarding the use of conservation easements in Colorado.
Local Government Best Practices and Certification
The Holding Conservation Easements: A Local Government Best Practices Handbook is complete! The goal of this Handbook is to provide peer-reviewed guidance to local governments on the acceptance and stewardship of conservation easements whether the local government has an established program or is just exploring the idea of holding conservation easements. The working group presented the handbook at the 2009 COSA conference and took final comments and suggestions. Hard copies are available or you can view it online [pdf]. Please contact Kathleen Staks at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The Colorado Division of Real Estate has released the application for local government Certification. For questions about the certification process contact Jordan Beezley at email@example.com. Local governments who want to accept conservation easements that have a tax credit component must become certified by December 31, 2010.
RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
Blue Gramas - The new Blue Grama Awards will recognize outstanding management and programs offered by Colorado open space organizations.
2012 Application 2012 Blue Gramas have been awarded.
Growing the Next Generation of Open Space Leaders
The program goal is to offer a leadership experience within the conservation community that will give participants a broader understanding of issues facing local government open space programs and the candidate's ability to be a future leader within those organizations. To learn more contact Eric Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Our Mailing List
To subscribe simply send a blank e-mail to: email@example.com with "subscribe cosa" in the body of the message.
To send a message to the COSA list, simply send an e-mail to: COSA@LISTSERV.CO.BOULDER.CO.US
Archives of the list will be available at: http://listserv.co.boulder.co.us/archives/cosa.html