Clear Creek Land Conservancy was established to help assist landowners contribute to conservation in the Clear Creek watershed. We envision Clear Creek Canyon as a place where people and nature exist together for the benefit of both—where hikers, bicyclists, anglers, hunters, climbers, and nature lovers, can appreciate the natural and historical significance of the canyon while the area’s plants, wildlife, water quality, and scenery are protected to ensure that this beautiful canyon remains in its near-to-natural state forever. Over 30 years, thousands of acres have already been set aside in protected open space through both public and private action.
But there are forces at work today that have changed the way most people experience the canyon and that may change forever the
basin’s look and ecology.
Clear Creek Canyon has been used for many human activities in its history: as a rail corridor, a source of minerals, a place to fish or take in scenery, and a place to pass through on the way into or out of the mountains. It is not a pristine wilderness.
But unlike the other Front Range canyons, this sheer canyon has not developed from the bottom up. Its closeness and accessibility to Denver is complemented by extensive wildlife, ecological, recreational, artistic, and educational resources on the doorstep of the Front Range. Be a part of the legacy of Clear Creek Canyon.
CCLC believes that the dynamic nature of growth, economics, changing uses, and neighboring land patterns, makes the traditional, simple approach to conservation and land management no longer viable. Since 1986, several additional key goals have helped CCLC remain vigilant and true to our vision:
- Enhance, conserve, and interpret the processes of history, geology, water, wildlife, and vegetation
- Identify the types and the characteristics of upland resources that require protection if areas are to be developed
- Outline a canyon-wide management system (for both public and private lands) which considers view sheds, wildlife, wildfire, vegetation, recreation, and access
- Delineate management zones within the basin so that different goals may be accommodated within different areas
- Improve recreational experiences in and around the canyon
- Develop innovative approaches to solving the canyon’s transportation problems
We are working with landowners, businesses, neighborhoods, communities, organizations, and government bodies to accomplish these goals, helping to protect open space “from rim to rim” – including scenic vistas, wildlife habitat, hiking trails, outdoor recreation, and nature education – and to encourage development compatible with those resources.
It is our guiding principle to protect this rare and beautiful landscape for generations to come. Find out how you can support us here.