DLC Mission StatementPrint

Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit land trust dedicated to the protection and conservation of the natural character, habitats, ecosystems, and open space of Douglas County and other areas along the Front Range region of Colorado.



DLC protects an average of 785 acres annually

Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC) is a nonprofit made up of citizens concerned about land conservation and smart growth in our region of Colorado. Based in Castle Rock, Colorado since 1987, DLC serves primarily Douglas County. However, recognizing the importance of a regional approach in land conservation DLC has recently broadened its focus to support surrounding counties, including Jefferson and Elbert.

Today, we are actively preserving over 26,708 acres in Douglas, Jefferson and Elbert Counties. All of this is made possible because of generous support from donors, volunteers and landowners.


With your support, DLC annually protects an average of 785 acres! We thank you and encourage you to continue to give the gift of open space by supporting Douglas Land Conservancy.


Did you know that DLC conserves an average of 65 acres each month in Douglas County alone and more than 785 acres annually?!

Since 1987 DLC has protected 26,708 acres from being developed, in perpetuity.  These lands include agricultural lands, public recreation open space, scenic viewscapes, critical wildlife habitat, and wetlands.

Of those 26,708 acres, 13,660 acres are open to the public and provide great trails and recreational experiences for all to enjoy.

13,048 acres are private lands that protect agricultural operations, open space, scenic viewscapes, critical wildlife habitat, and wetlands from ever being developed.

It is DLC’s job to ensure that these properties are protected in perpetuity by visiting each property annually.  The hardest part of our job begins once a conservation easement is put in place on the land.

We are fortunate to have great community support from individuals and families that make annual charitable contributions to DLC.  Many have supported DLC for more than 10 years.  You are helping make a difference.

Thank you!