A report issued jointly today by the Boulder-based Nature Conservancy and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University ranks the state's natural heritage as “in relatively good condition,” or “restorable.”

“The State of Colorado's Biodiversity” report identifies progress on many plant and animal species, but also noted a number of significant challenges.

Key findings in the report included the conclusion that 40 percent of all fish and amphibians are inadequately conserved; that Colorado's prairies are the most highly altered and least protected of our natural systems; and that many of our rarest plants are effectively conserved, but that many others are at risk, in the path of energy and urban development.

“This kind of reporting can positively impact Colorado in ways we have not seen before,” said David Anderson, from the Colorado Natural heritage Program, according to a news release. “This report will be used as a guide to help reset conservation priorities.”