Douglas County Conservation District
SERVING LANDOWNERS IN DOUGLAS COUNTY COLORADO FOR OVER 50 YEARS
PO BOX 688, 7519 E HWY 86, FRANKTOWN, CO 80116 303-688-3042 EXT. 100
About Us District History Board of Supervisors Contact Info
The Douglas County Conservation District is helping people help the land by promoting projects through education to further the long-term sustainable use of natural resources balancing the needs of agriculture and urban growth. The district is governed by a Board of seven Supervisors who are volunteers. We meet once a month on the fourth Monday in our office located on the northeast corner of hwy 83 and hwy 86 in Franktown. Our office is in the same building as the Post Office. Enter the door marked "7519" west of the Post Office door. The meetings begin at 6:00pm. Contact our office for up-to-date meeting times.
We work with all District residents to help them discover the value of conservation as it relates to their profits, their lives and their children's future.
To achieve these goals, we work closely with landowners to assist in recommending conservation practices such as windbreaks including specific seedling tree species selection, grass seed plantings to stop erosion, proper grazing management, controlling noxious weeds, and providing products to insure successful plantings. In some cases financial assistance may be available to help achieve your conservation goals. We also conduct several public seminars on various topics.
We work closely with educators and children to teach our young people about conservation. We offer scholarships for High School students to attend Conservation "Camp Rocky" as well as College tuition scholarships to students pursuing a career in an agricultural related field, and adopt classrooms which provide conservation curriculum materials to schools.
We receive funds from several sources such as the County and state to help our District residents, none of which comes through direct taxation and the district receives revenue from product sales:
How We Got Started
In 1960, a referendum was held to consolidate the two districts into the Douglas County Soil Conservation District. The new district covers nearly all of Douglas County except for the original incorporated towns and a few landowners who chose not to participate.
In 2002, the 77 Colorado "Soil Conservation Districts" removed "Soil"
from their name to more accurately reflect that emphasis not be solely
concerned with soil, but for all the natural resources.
Douglas County Conservation District Board of Supervisors and Staff
Jeanne-Marie Bakehouse, President
Dave Dirkse, Vice-President
Ray Kujawski, Secretary
Bill Vanderpoel, Treasurer
Kevin Shanks, Member New - Kevin has been a property owner in Douglas County since 1986. As a registered Landscape Architect in Colorado, he has provided consulting services for 34 years to both private and public clients throughout the western United States. He is a partner in a planning and design firm that specializes in river corridor restoration, sustainable infrastructure design and community development. Kevin has a degree from Iowa State University and comes from an agricultural background. With both a personal and professional interest in sustainable land management, Kevin is excited about joining the Douglas County Conservation Board. We are very thankful to have him as part of the district board of supervisors. His expertise has and will continue to be very valuable to the county.
Pam Brewster, District Administrator
Contact Information for the Douglas County Conservation District