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Ft. Collins Conservation District

Colorado State Conservation Board

 

In the 2007 calendar year, the district completed activities under each category listed below to address the natural resource concern.

 

Fort Collins Conservation District
1415 N College Ave., Suite 3
Ft. Collins, CO 80524
Phone: 970-221-0611
Fax: 970-221-0611

 

Monthly Meeting:
Second Thursday every month


Mission Statement:

Map of this particular Conservation District


Major Economy:

 

Points of Interest:

 

Fort Collins Conservation District was established June 12, 1945.

 

The District is located in Larimer and Weld Counties.

 

The total acreage is 1,189,473.

 

Land ownership within the District is:

  • Privately owned - 538,812 acres
  • Federal lands - 639,581 acres
  • State lands - 107,521 acres

 

Land uses within the District:

  • Woodland - 609,040 acres
  • Irrigated Cropland - 62,144 acres
  • Non-irrigated Cropland - 7,902  acres
  • Rangeland - 423,114 acres
  • Recreation, urban and other lands - 56,193 acres

  Addressing Local Concerns  

Districts generate funding through local, state, and federal sources.  Local citizens elect the District board to identify and address local natural resource issues.  The board involves locals and experts to help develop strategic plans.  The district holds open monthly meetings, publications, events, presentations to communicate with district partners and residents about district services, good conservation practices and financial/technical services.

 

This conservation district serves its landowners as they participate in:

 

  • Septic tank management and maintenance 
  • Information to small acreages (land management & grazing)        
  • Weed calenders         
  • Farm Bill Technician to assist in conservation practice implementation

 


  Fostering Sound Range Management 

Ensuring sound range management for future generations is important to conserve natural resources and improve production as well as enhance wildlife habitat.

 

This conservation district serves its landowners as they participate in:

 

  • Information dispersal to promote proper grazing management        
  • Promote use of Weed - Free hay         
  • Information on rotational grazing systems

 


  Preventing Soil Erosion     

Preventing erosion preserves soil producitivity long term for agriculture, production, and other uses on rural lands.  It also provides improved stream flows, decreases sedimentation, and improves overall water quality.  Some common practices that help producers prevent soil erosion and build soil quality include no till, minimum tillage and cover cropping.

 

This conservation district serves its landowners as they participate in:

 

  • Information and education for farmstead windbreaks (living tree fences)          
  • Promote and educate on conservation tillage to minimize erosion      
  • Voice concerns on developments and soil erosion from wind & water.

 


  Protecting Water Quality & Quantity 

The District provides assistance to managers, landowners, and residents with conservation practices and management tools to protect near stream areas.  In addition, they work together on reducing the movement of chemicals and nutrients to streams in sedimentation or runoff.  These efforts help stabilize streambanks and protect water bodies from impacts.

 

This conservation district serves its landowners as they participate in:

 

  • Farm Bill Technician to assist landowners with knowledge and tools to conserve water by limiting runoff (gated pipe, sprinklers,etc.).             
  • Information on management and maintenance of septic systems.        
  • Promoting irrigation water management and well testing.

 Preventing the Spread of Noxious Weeds 

Conservation Districts implement measures to reduce the spread of invasive populations and help implement weed control projects.

 

This conservation district serves its landowners as they participate in:

 

  • Cost - Share on 2 weed screens.  (On hiatus, due to Farm Bill Technician funding)    
  • Cost - Share on 600 weed calenders             
  • Cost - Share with 20 operators on weed control chemicals (On hiatus, due to Farm Bill Technician funding)          
  • Information & Education on weed identification and contol methods.