Douglas County Conservation District


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

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September  2014 

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 Hidden Mesa Open Space Research and Demonstration Orchard Project Tour September 20, 2014 9:00am to 12:00pm

Purpose: The purpose of the project is to research and demonstrate  traditional and cutting edge fruit and nut species, cultivars and cultural methods adaptable to our unique Front Range        climate. 

Vision: The vision is to expand economic opportunities and strengthen our community by inspiring innovation in agriculture, edible landscape and community orchards.

RSVP by September 18, 2014 at 303-688-3042 Ext. 100 or at

 Hidden Mesa Open Space Tour Flyer

Scholarships for College Students  

The 2014 season scholarship will be available for qualified fall 2014 college freshman and sophomore students only.   The amount and length of funding is $1000.00  tuition assistance for one semester's studies.  Accepted students will be reimbursed $1000.00 towards their college tuition after proof of college acceptance.

Who May Apply:

This scholarship is open to any college Freshmen or Sophomore student majoring in the fields of Agriculture, Agronomy, Horticulture, Environmental Science, Soil Science, Watershed Management, Earth Resources Sciences, and other fields related to the utilization and conservation of soil and water resources.  Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 point scale.


  • You must live in the Douglas County, Colorado.
  • You must graduate in 2014, or have graduated from a Douglas County School.
  • You must be planning to attend a college as a freshman or sophomore in the fall of 2014 to pursue a career in an agricultural related field. 
  • You must complete the following to be considered for this scholarship.

 APPLICATION:  Application is to be made in the form of a letter to the Douglas County Conservation District.  Applicants should detail their future educational and future professional plans, and how their course work relates to the conservation of natural resources.  Applications should be from one to three pages in length and must include a copy of transcripts of previous course work. 

AWARD CRITERIA: Letters of interest will be evaluated and ranked by the Board of Supervisors of the Douglas County  Conservation District.  Consideration will be given to the studentsí educational and professional goals as expressed in their letter of interest, their past academic performance, and the degree to which their area of study is related to the management and conservation of natural resources.  First consideration will be given to students whose home residence is Douglas County, Colorado and who graduated from a Douglas County High School. 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Application as due on or before September 22, 2014. Applicants will be notified of the selection shortly thereafter.  All letters of interest should be sent to:  Douglas County Conservation District, PO Box 688, Franktown, Colorado 80116, or scan and email. Contact us by e-mail or by phone (303 688-3042 ext. 100) for more information regarding this scholarship.


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



The seedling tree program has ended for the 2014 season.   

If you are interested in participating in next years 2015 season and you live in Douglas County Colorado, you can get your name added to our mailing list.  Order forms will be sent out end of October to mid November 2014.  You can email us your name, address, and email information to our office and we will send you an order form.    Feel free to contact the office at 303-688-3042 ext. 100 or email us if you have any questions. 

 Tree Planting Guide

 Pine Sawfly Outbreak emerges in Douglas and Elbert County 

The larvae of the Pine Sawfly have been defoliating Ponderosa pines in Elbert, Douglas and El Paso Counties this 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