High Country Rural Living & Land Management
The ULTIMATE Guide to Living in Middle Park!
MPCD released its 1st and 2nd editions of this guide in February 2020 and December 2021, respectively. This 3rd edition was released in April 2022.
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, most residents and newcomers are second homeowners and town folk.
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.
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.
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Table of Contents
Complete 64-page Guide
Small Landowner Edition (52-page) (This edition is the same as the Complete Guide except that it is missing the ‘Getting into Agriculture’ section.)
- 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 (Questions to ask yourself before settling)
- You’ve Decided to Settle. Now What? (Questions to ask yourself after settling)
- 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 (Caring for your land and Myth about small landowners)
- Noxious Weeds (Noxious Weed List, Identification, Seeding)
- Healthy Forests (Forest Practices, Insects and Diseases)
- Wildfire (Fire Restrictions; Open Burning; Creating Defensible Space; Ready, Set, Go; Initial Actions; Post-Fire Recovery & Mudslides)
- Water & Drought (Water Rights, Wetlands, Water Conservation, Drought)
- Gardening (What to grow, Community Gardens, Food Preservation)
- Wildlife (Do’s and Don’ts Around Wildlife, Creating Wildlife Habitat)
- Agriculture (Ag Taxes and Classifications, Livestock, Hay, Range/Pasture)
- Soil Health & Climate Change (Principles of Soil Health, Land Management related to Climate Change)