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

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About the Douglas County Conservation District

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:

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A Brief History of Conservation Districts

How We Got Started
The date was late 1929, the stock market had crashed, and the Great Plains region was plunged into a severe drought. The dry, unprotected soil was ravaged by winds sending great clouds of dust rolling east across the country and out over the ocean. It was observed by members of Congress standing outside the Capitol building in Washington, DC.  Concerned individuals realized this destruction of land had to be stopped.

That year, Congress provided a fund of $160,000 to study erosion. In 1935, the Soil Conservation Act was passed which provided assistance and technical expertise to farmers and ranchers. In order to reach the local landowners, states formed soil conservation districts. Through conservation efforts, dust bowl lands were brought back into agricultural production by World War II.  Our district was established February 7, 1940 when the West Plum Creek soil erosion district was  formed governed by a five member board of supervisors.  Three years later on May 5, 1943, the Cherry Creek Soil Conservation District was formed also consisting of a five member board of supervisors.  These districts came out of the landowners recognition of a need to control and prevent further deterioration of the natural resources after the drought in the 1930's.

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. 

Flood Protection  The Douglas County Conservation District co-sponsors 22 watershed flood control dams in the county with Douglas County.
 
Drought Protection
In 1956, after a serious drought in the Great Plains region, Congress passed the Great Plains Conservation Program. Now, cost-share funds were available to local landowners who wanted to apply conservation methods to bring their lands back into production. By going through the conservation districts and NRCS, these funds could be delivered to landowners using local agencies -- those who knew and could best serve individual landowners.  These programs were most recently renewed with the 2014 Farm Bill.

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Douglas County Conservation District Board of Supervisors and Staff

Graham Thompson, President 

Dave Dirkse, Vice-President

Scott McHenry, Secretary 

Bill Vanderpoel, Treasurer

Jeanne-Marie Bakehouse, Member

Ray Kujawski, Member

Pam Brewster, District Administrator

  

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Contact Information for the Douglas County Conservation District

Telephone
303-688-3042 ext. 100
FAX
303-660-3838
Postal address
PO Box 688
Franktown, CO 80116
Office Location
7519 E. Hwy. 86
(next to Post Office in Franktown)
Franktown, CO 80116
Electronic mail
Pam Brewster pam.brewster@co.nacdnet.net

 

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