Stewardship for ACECs is possible thanks our help from local volunteer groups, state departments, and many other organizations.
Colorado Natural Areas Program (CNAP)
Established by statute in 1977, the Colorado Natural Areas Program (CNAP) is a statewide program under Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). The program focuses on recognizing and protecting areas that contain at least one unique or high-quality natural feature of statewide significance. Since the 1980s, CNAP has been a valuable ally in our efforts to protect and conserve more than 30 of our 67 ACECs.
National Natural Landmarks Program (NNL):
As part of the National Park Service's overall mission to protect and showcase Americas Greatest Natural wonders, the NNL recognizes and encourages conserving sites that contain outstanding biological and geological resources, regardless of landownership. It is the only natural areas program of national scope that recognizes the best examples of biological and geological features in both public and private ownership. NNLs are owned by a variety of land stewards, and participation in the program is voluntary. Since the 1980s, the NNL has helped further the BLM's mission to help protect and conserve these areas.