The Dust Bowl Days of the ’30′s resulted in a need for a local organization to assist landowners with the issue of soil conservation and erosion prevention. Later, other conservation issues came to the forefront, such as range improvement, hay production, weed control, water use and quality, wildlife habitat enhancements and education about these issues. Middle Park Conservation District was formed by local agriculture producers from Grand and Summit Counties in 1957. Since then, our focus has expanded to include smaller landowners, who may not be ag producers. The Conservation District is closely associated with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which provides technical assistance and some funding opportunities to the constituents of the District. NRCS was originally known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS). The District is under the operation of a locally elected Board of Supervisors and is required to obey the regulations of the Colorado Soil Conservation Act. It employs one staff member, a District Manager. The District’s funding comes from the state, grass seed sales and tree seedling sales.
The District publishes and sends out quarterly newsletters that contain information about events, natural resource issues and ways landowners can maintain their private land. Our constituents are ag producers as well as smaller landowners throughout both counties. The District is able to provide technical assistance through NRCS and information about funding opportunities for on-the-ground projects. The District facilitates educational activities for students, tree workshops, and other informational activities. Grass seed sales go on from April through November and the tree seedling sales program is available from November of each fall through April of the following spring.
The Middle Park Conservation District is dedicated to the protection of natural resources and the promotion of the wise use of land, soil, water, air, wildlife and related natural resources through education, program administration, and technical assistance for the benefit of all. We are committed to good land stewardship and sustainable use practices within Summit and Grand Counties.
The Middle Park Conservation District will be a recognized and respected leader in the community by fostering natural resources conservation and cooperation among government officials, non-governmental groups, developers, community organizations and associations, land owners and the general public through education, technical assistance, and planning.