The mission of the Larimer County Open Lands Program is to preserve and protect significant open space, natural areas, wildlife habitat, and develop parks and trails for present and future generations. These open lands provide opportunities for leisure, human renewal and protection of our natural and cultural resources.
In November of 1995 the citizens of Larimer County voted overwhelmingly to support a quarter-cent sales and use tax to protect open space, natural areas, wildlife habitat, regional parks and trails. This initiative represented a grass-roots effort by a group of concerned citizens who joined together to form the Help Preserve Open Spaces Initiative. Since the passage of the tax, the Open Lands Program has successfully preserved over 43,000 acres of land throughout Larimer County. These lands protect natural resources as well as provide valuable recreational opportunities for the citizens of Larimer County.
The Open Lands Program is located within the County's Natural Resources Department. A citizen advisory board made up of 12 members makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners about the workings of the Open Lands Program. The Open Lands Advisory Board meets the fourth Thursday of each month to discuss projects, possible land acquisitions and their uses and values to the citizens of Larimer County. These meetings are open to the public.