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.

2014 Conference

The 2014 conference will be held at the Vail Marriot on September 15-17.

COSA is now accepting session proposals for the 2014 conference, the deadline for submissions is April 30th. The Request for Proposals can be found here.

2014 Conference Sponsors

2013 Conference Sponsors

A huge thanks to all of our sponsors! Please show them your support.

Gold

Biohabitats Inc.
Smith Environmental and Engineering*
Squarei Technologies

Silver

Wattle and Daub
Trust for Public Lands
Logan Simpson Design Inc.

Bronze

Anderson Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts
Confluent Design
CDR Associates
Corona Insights
ECOS Communications
EMPSi
Flameout
GPRED
ERO Resources Corporation
Interwest Consulting Group
Loris Associates
Lewis, Bess Williams & Weese P.C.
Pollard Consulting
RRC Associates
Design Concepts
Rare Earth Science
Phillip Barber P.C.

Legislative Updates

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 kstaks@goco.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 jordan.beezley@dora.state.co.us. 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.

LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

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 stonee@bouldercolorado.gov.

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