Colorado's Biodiversity

The concept of biodiversity refers to conservation of plant and animal species in their natural environments to ensure a wide variety of species in an ecosystem. Having a rich biodiversity means plants and animals can serve each other as nature intended.  Biodiversity studies explore habitat loss, threatened and endangered species, and conservation of ecosystems.  Two state agencies, the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and Colorado State University’s Colorado Natural Heritage Program have conducted and published numerous studies on Colorado’s biodiversity and the need for conservation.  Selected studies include:

Colorado Department of Natural Resources:

Colorado Natural Heritage Program:

Other agencies:

This is just a sampling of the many resources on this topic available from our library.  Be sure to search our library’s online catalog for more publications.  The Natural Heritage Program in particular has produced numerous reports not listed here, including studies of specific plant and animal species and geographic areas.