The Southern Plains Land Trust (SPLT) works to preserve the shortgrass prairie ecosystems of the Great Plains. We buy land and protect it, managing for native flora, fauna, and natural ecosystems. We spread the word through a strong outreach program. We advocate for wildlife across borders, too, by supporting biodiversity protection on public lands.
SPLT celebrated the purchase of the first block of our reserve network in November 1998: a 1,280-acre parcel in Baca County, Colorado three miles north of the Comanche National Grassland. We named this property the Fresh Tracks Nature Preserve to acknowledge the welcome sight of native animal tracks on the land and to signify a new path toward land management in the Southern Plains, one where wildlife is respected for its own intrinsic value. We have since added multiple preserves to our network in southeastern Colorado, for a total of 8,000 acres. Our goal is to increase that number by the end of 2015, bringing the total area protected to 10,000 acres.
SPLT is certified by the State of Colorado to hold conservation easements, is registered with the State of New Mexico, and is a member of the Land Trust Alliance and the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts.