High Country Rural Living & Land Management
In December 2021, MPCD released the 2nd edition of its “Ultimate Guide to Living in Grand and Summit Counties”. The information in this 64-page guide is so thorough and diverse that even those who think they know everything about living in the high country are bound to learn something new.
High Country Rural Living & Land Management is definitely the ultimate read for newcomers and old-timers alike!
Introduction and Importance of this Guide
When Grand and Summit Counties were settled, most residents were homegrown experts in agriculture and proper land management. Nowadays, the population is primarily composed of second homeowners, town folk, and outdoor enthusiasts.
Living in rural mountain communities promises both challenges and rewards. We hope, through this guide, you will:
a) Better understand the limitations and opportunities created by living in the mountains
b) Set achievable goals for your property and lifestyle
c) Grasp conservation-minded principles and acknowledge the importance of conserving our precious natural resources for future generations
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Table of Contents
Complete 64-page Guide
- Who You Gonna Call? (Contact info for local agencies and organizations)
- Introduction and Importance of Guide (Partner Contributions, Importance of this Guide, Comparison Between Delaware and Middle Park)
- Considerations Before You Settle
- You’ve Decided to Settle. Now What?
- Need to Know Info (Addressing, Emergency Notifications, Community Organizations, Important Phone Numbers)
- Homesite Preparation (Planning & Zoning, Road Access, Soils, Septics, Radon, Water Quality)
- Minimizing Conflict (Short-term Rentals, Pets, Fences, Easements, Recreational Etiquette)
- Proper Land Management
- Managing Noxious Weeds (Noxious Weed List, Identification, Seeding)
- Maintaining Healthy Forests (Forest Practices, Insects and Diseases)
- Mitigating for Wildfire (Fire Restrictions, Open Burning, Creating Defensible Space)
- Before, During, & After Fire (Ready, Set, Go; Initial Actions; Post-Fire Recovery & Mudslides)
- Caring for Your Water (Water Rights, Wetlands, Water Conservation, Drought)
- Gardening in the High Country
- Enjoying Our Wildlife (Do’s and Don’ts Around Wildlife, Creating Wildlife Habitat)
- Getting into Production Agriculture (Ag Taxes and Classifications, Livestock, Hay, Range/Pasture)
- Soil Health and Climate Change