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DOUGLAS COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT

SERVING LANDOWNERS IN DOUGLAS COUNTY COLORADO FOR OVER 50 YEARS

     PO BOX 688, 7519A E HWY 86, FRANKTOWN, CO 80116   303-218-2622  DCCDistrict@gmail.com    Office Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm M-Th

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May 2018

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 RAINWATER HARVESTING WORKSHOP JUNE 16, 2018  rain water harvesting

            please join us on Saturday June 16, 2018 from 9am to 12pm at Douglas County Open Space at Hidden Mesa in Franktown, CO.
Experience, Create and Learn About:  1) Current Colorado Rainwater Collection Laws,
2) How to create and install a rain barrel harvesting system, 3) How to construct irrigation from harvesting systems, and
4) learn about the many benefits or rainwater harvesting by: conserving water, saving money on water bills, and growing resilient plants.
 Your investment is $15.00/person, or $25.00 per couple.
Pre-register for workshop before June 13, 2018 by calling 303-218-2622 or email us your name, phone #, and we will contact you.
Enrollment is limited and NO WALK INS
See Flyer for details

                                                                                                  

                                        

Seedling TreesSEEDLING TREE PROGRAM WILL BEGIN AGAIN IN OCTOBER 2018 FOR 2019 SEASON

If you are interested in being on our email list to receive a seedling tree order form for the 2019 program, you can contact the Douglas County Conservation District via email , or phone at 303-218-2622. The Douglas County Conservation District sells seedling trees as cooperators of the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery.  The trees are ordered on a first come, first served pre-order basis to Douglas and Elbert County Colorado landowners between October 2018 and March 2019.  Distribution is in Mid April 2019 in Castle Rock.  There is no minimum requirement of acreage to be able to purchase these seedlings.    More About Our Seedling Tree Program


Planting Home Gardens in Douglas County for Elementary Students                  

I’m Diggin’ My Doug: Planting Home Gardens in Douglas County is an educational program sponsored by the Douglas County Conservation District for 4th  graders that teaches children how to grow a plant while uncovering their deeper connections with our natural environment - water, air, earth, sunlight. This new, interactive approach includes energetic practices of yoga, movement, singing and laughing, quickly taking kids to a place of calm, eager receptivity.  This unique system connects children to gardening in intellectual, emotional and intuitive ways. Classes are being scheduled in selected Douglas County elementary schools for the 2017-2018 school year. http://www.growindoug.com for more information on this educational program. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!   Volunteer workshop/class facilitators wanted and needed to help us with the district's mission to educate these students. The next opportunity to volunteer is at the next workshops scheduled between 9am and 4pm on Monday May 21st in Castle Pines and Castle Rock. If interested,  please  click here to add your name to the list of volunteers, or contact Glenn Ballantyne at Kreativo 719-406-5800. 

The district, to date,  has conducted 28 one hour workshops in a total of 4 Douglas County School classrooms.  These workshops reached 700 students in 2017.  More workshops are scheduled in 2018 during the remainder of the Douglas County School year.  Workshops will be completed during school hours for the 1st to 5th grade students in their classroom.


Douglas County Conservation District Products and 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 of residents.  The district receives revenue from product sales:

An Exciting Opportunity!!! The District would like to fill the vacancy with a Douglas County landowner interested in being part of a very motivated and active conservation board.   

Are you interested in conserving our natural resources here in Douglas County?

Do you have a desire to share in the urgency to conserve the precious natural resources in Douglas County with others?

Would you like to be involved in  educating landowners through projects and seminars addressing natural resource concerns in the county?

 If so, and you reside in Douglas County, then please send us a letter of intent to join the Douglas County Conservation District Board.  Mail letter to Douglas County CD,  PO Box 688, Franktown, CO 80116, or email your letter.   Please call 303-218-2622 with any questions. 


DOUGLAS COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT'S ANNUAL MEETING OF THE LANDOWNERS WAS OCTOBER 19, 2017

The Douglas County Conservation District's Annual Meeting of Landowners was Thursday October 19, 2017 at CALF's Lowell Ranch south of Castle Rock. Glenn Ballantyne of Kreativo talked about the importance of food production and sustainability in the county.   The catch phrase “I’m Diggin’ My Doug” is used to  encourage and teach 4th grade students to grow, nurture and then harvest the bounty of their vegetable plant named “Doug”.  Glenn along with volunteers teach elementary children through an emotional connection, hands on and music the importance of sustainability, and growing a garden from seed to table.

CALF, Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation, was recognized as the District’s Conservationist of the Year 2017 for the education and conservation work they have completed at Lowell Ranch.   See the presentation for CALF's recognition.  The District also recognized Douglas Ravnholdt, and Jeff & Diane Roth all from Parker as the backyard conservationists for their efforts on sustainability.   Ryan Phillips, Peakview Ranch employee, talked about leasing land on 40 plus acres for livestock in Douglas County to practice rotational grazing for proper  grazing management and how the landowners benefit by receiving Agricultural Status.    


    Past District Conservationists of the Year

2016 Terry and Linda Browneller Conservationists of the Year             View Video of the Browneller's accomplishments on their land.

Andy & Kim Hough2015 Andy & Kim Hough (Backyard Conservationists of the Year)

 

 

Welch Family2014 Bob & Kristen Welch   Click here to view youtube video

 

 

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