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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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OCTOBER  2018

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 "Conservation Happenings" Newsletter
                                                            

Join us on October 18, 2018 in Castle Rock at 6:30 for the

DOUGLAS COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT'S ANNUAL MEETING OF THE LANDOWNERS  

  rainwater harvesting Rainwater Harvesting, Laws and Systems                                                                          Native Bee Habitat bumble bee    

The Douglas County Conservation District's Annual Meeting of Landowners is Thursday October 18, 2018 at CALF's Lowell Ranch, 2330 E Frontage Rd, south of Castle Rock. Jessica Goldstrohm, from The Bees Waggle will talk about the importance of native bees and pollinators.  Avery Ellis from Avery Ecological Design will talk about Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater laws in Colorado.  Awards for Douglas County College Scholarship to Danielle McCurdy, Backyard Conservationist award to Randy Nicholas and Large acreage Conservationist award to Kiana Creek Ranch will be given.  Complimentary sandwiches and finger foods will be there for dinner.  See Flyer for detailed information.   If you would like to RSVP for this meeting please email us or contact us at 303-218-2622.   


Seedling TreesSEEDLING TREE PROGRAM WILL BEGIN AGAIN IN LATE 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


YCCYOUTH CONSERVATION CAMP WAS JULY 26, 2018  YCC Water Quality Session  

The Douglas County Conservation District sponsors this camp.  The camp was held at Lowell Ranch south of Castle Rock for youth ages 7 to 14 on Thursday July 26, 2018.  The 45 youth campers were connected through the education of our natural resources.  The sessions include:  Farm Animals (goats, pigs, sheep, turkeys, cows), Wildlife (skins and skulls of native mamals and what to do if they encounter a bear or mountain lion), Water quality/Aquatic Life (Creek exporation to find living creatures), Native bees (observed the native bees and other pollinators on the flowers), and Healthy Soils (played in the soil and viewed a variety of microscope slides of various things).    


  RAINWATER HARVESTING WORKSHOP JUNE 16, 2018  Workshop attendees

Twenty-Five landowners attended the workshop at Hidden Mesa a Douglas County Open Space in Franktown, CO.  They learned the current Colorado Rainwater Collection Laws, they helped to create and install a rain barrel harvesting system, and they learned about the many benefits or rainwater harvesting by: conserving water, saving money on water bills, and growing resilient plants.
If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about Rainwater Collection, email us, or call 303-218-2622.                  

                                                Crowd of Participants                 Barb Borrero Participant                 Workshop

Workshop attendee, Anne Ruybal, purchsed a barrel and hardware kit at the workshop so she could install her own 55 gallon rainwater collection system.  Anne installed her system with the help of her son on Saturday afternoon.  The barrel was filled up with the Sunday, June 17th rains.
                                                                                                    Anne Ruybal barrel
"I'm so happy that you had the workshop so I could find out how easy it really is and get motivated to actually do it!"
Anne Ruybal 

                                        
 

Planting Home Gardens in Douglas County for Elementary Students                   Video

Iím Digginí 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, soil, and sunlight. This new, interactive approach includes energetic 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.  

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!   Volunteer workshop/class facilitators wanted and needed to help us with the district's mission to educate these students.  If you are interested,  please  click here to add your name to the list of volunteers, or contact Pam Brewster at 303-218-2622. 

The district, in the 2017-2018 school year, reached 2340 students in 78 classrooms at 9 Douglas County Schools.  More workshops will be scheduled in 2018 during the remainder of the Douglas County School year.  Workshops are completed during school hours.


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. 


Past Douglas County Conservation District Conservationists

 

CALF, Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation District Conservationist of the Year 2017.    See the presentation for CALF's recognition.  

 

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)          View Video

 

 

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

 

 

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