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.

Annual Conference

The 2016 conference will in Estes Park at the Rocky Mountain Park Inn, September 12-14.

This year's theme "Navigating Change" is a nod to the many variables our organizations wrestle with, including organizational change, climate change, and changing demographics, to name a few. Some insight and inspiration is sure to be forthcoming from our confirmed keynote speaker Luis Benitez, director of the new Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office.

Register Now

Registration is now available!

Blue Grama Awards

Each year, COSA acknowledges outstanding projects or people through the Blue Grama awards. Applications must be received no later than Monday, August 15, 2016.

Scholarship Application

A minimum of one scholarship will be awarded to offset registration costs to attend the 2016 COSA Conference. The purpose of the general scholarship is to offset personal costs to register for the workshop. In addition, COSA, through a generous donation from Delani Wheeler's family and friends, will give one full scholarship, covering registration and lodging. Applications must be received no later than Monday, August 15, 2016.

2016 Conference Sponsors

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


Smith Environmental

Root House Studio

The Trust for Public Land


ERO Resources

Logan Simpson Design

Loris Associates



Ecology and Environment

Western Water Partnership

Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts

Confluent Design


Ken Ransford, PC


Pawnee Butte Seed Company

Phillip D. Barber P.C.

ECOS Communications

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To subscribe simply send an email to: info@coloradoopenspace.org with your name, email address and why you would like to join the list.

To send a message to the COSA list, simply send an email to: list@coloradoopenspace.org.
Note: only members of the list can send and receive messages.

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].

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.

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 Zac Wiebe at zwiebe@larimer.org.