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     PO BOX 688, 7519 E HWY 86, FRANKTOWN, CO 80116   303-688-3042 EXT. 100

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January  2015 

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The Douglas County Conservation District is the cooperating agency in Douglas County to sell seedling trees and plants to landowners for the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery.  If you are interested in participating in the Seedling Tree Program, you can print off the order form, or you can email us your name, address, and email information to our office and we will send you an order form. There is no minimum land requirement to purchase these plants, but they are to be used for conservation  amount of land acreageThese plants can be purchased now until the March 30, 2015 deadline.  Trees will be available for pick up on April 15, 2015 in the Douglas County Fairgrounds.     Feel free to contact the office at 303-688-3042 ext. 100 or email us if you have any questions. 

Sold out Species as of 1/20/15:  #007 Sumac, #018 N.M Privet, #026 Lilac, #027 Lanceleaf Cottonwood, #037 Honey Locust, #203 Douglas Fir, #204 Englemenn Spruce, #209 Scotch Pine, #211 White Fir, #213 Narrowleaf Cottonwood, #214 Limber Pine, #215 Subalpine Fir, #219 4-wing Saltbush, #224 Serviceberry, #226 Lilac, #227 Bosnian Pine, #300 Austrian Pine, #310 Rocky Mtn. Juniper, #314 Limber Pine #326 Lilac, #407 Pinon Pine, #411 Kentucky Coffetree, #413 Native Plum, #416 Little Bluestem, #417 Blue Gramma, #426 Lilac, #707 Sumac, #722 Hybrid Cottonwood.

 Tree Planting Guide

   Grants Available  - Noxious Weed Grant Application and Fuels Mitigation/Defensible Space Application  email for a grant application request.


Forest Health, Fuels Mitigation Seminar February 28, 2015 -

  The Douglas County Conservation District is hosting a free  seminar on Saturday February 28, 2015 at the Franktown Firehouse just south of the   intersection of Hwy 83 & 86.  Registration will be at 8:30am with coffee and light snacks and the program will be from 9:00am until 12:00pm.  Kim Spuhler with the Franktown Fire District will help prepare landowners to get “Ready, Set, Go” in an emergency.  Assistant District  Forester Meg Halford will talk about Insects, Disease, and fuel mitigation projects in the county.  Fire Mitigation Specialist for Douglas County Jill Alexander will explain the programs that are going on around the county.  Grant opportunities for landowners  are available and will be discussed.      


Weed Symposium March 28, 2015 -  

The Douglas County Public Works Operations Weed Control Division is sponsoring a Noxious Weed Symposium  on March 28, 2015 from 8:30 to 4:30 at the Philip S Miller Library.  The cost is $12.00 per person for materials and lunch.   Topics   include:  Biological Control,  Weed management in natural areas, choosing spray nozzles, contaminated clothing,  controlling weeds with livestock, Yellow toadflax research, and Douglas County education/enforcement efforts. RSVP by March 23, 2015 with the county by sending in cost of           symposium to:   Douglas County Government, PO Box 1390, Castle Rock, CO  80104, Attn: Weed Symposium, or contact the CSU Extension in Douglas County at 720-733-6930 to pay by Credit Card.   Contact 303-660-7480 with questions.


 2014 Conservationists of the Year Bob & Kristen Welch

  Bob and Kristen Welch were recognized on October 21, 2014 as the Douglas County Conservation District's Conservationists of the Year. 

Bob & Kristen Welch run 330 head of cattle on 2,683 acres of th Spruce Meadows Open Space in Douglas County.  The Welch’s worked closely with the Douglas County Conservation District, Douglas County Open Space, and NRCS and developed a conservation plan in August of 2012 to address natural resource issues and concerns on the rangeland and the plan was fully implemented this year.  Practices installed under the plan include 21,432 feet of cross fence, 12,423 feet of stock water pipeline, 8 livestock tanks, 1,233 acres of weed control, two pumping plants, prescribed grazing on 2,190 acres and 2 livestock wells.   They were recognized for their outstanding conservation efforts and being good stewards of the land.    Click here to view youtube video

Past District Conservationists of the Year

2013 Chris and Jak Peterson

2012 Ed and Beverly Statter

2011 Pine Cliff Ranch-Ranch Managers Justin and Sheryl Walker

Douglas County Conservation District Services 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: Services and Conservation products


 Pine Sawfly Information The larvae of the Pine Sawfly have been defoliating Ponderosa pines in Elbert, Douglas and El Paso Counties this past summer.  Please refer to these documents to learn more about the life cycle, damage and control of these insects.                             News Release - Pine Sawfly Outbreak and Pine Sawfly Quick Guide