Douglas County Conservation District Home Page

 

Douglas County Conservation District

SERVING LANDOWNERS IN DOUGLAS COUNTY COLORADO FOR OVER 56 YEARS

     PO BOX 688, 7519A E HWY 86, FRANKTOWN, CO 80116   303-218-2622  DCCDistrict@gmail.com

Home About the district Education Tips / Links Education Events Scholarships / Grants Noxious Weeds Products Rainwater Harvesting Seedling Trees Services Water Conservation Flood Control Dams

November 2017

          facebook-logo
                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                               

      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 for the education and conservation work they have completed at Lowell Ranch.   See the presentation for CALF's recognition.  The District will 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.            

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 workshop/class facilitators wanted and needed to help us with the district's mission to educate. If interested,  please  click here to add your name to the list of volunteers.  We have 75 workshops set for the 2017-2018 Douglas County School year.  Workshops will be done during school hours for the 4 grade students in their classroom.


SEEDLING TREE PROGRAM  HAS BEGUN FOR 2018 PROGRAM

If you are interested in receiving an order form for the 2018 program, you can contact the Douglas County Conservation District via email , or phone at 303-218-2622 to get put on our emailing list. 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 basis to Douglas and Elbert County Colorado landowners.  Landowners will have until the end of March 2018 to purchase trees.  Distribution of the seedlings will be April 12, 2018 in Castle Rock.   There is no minimum requirement of acreage to be able to purchase these seedlings.  


2016 CONSERVATIONISTS OF THE YEAR THE BROWNELLER FAMILY

Terry and Linda Browneller were recognized as the District's 2016 Conservationists of the year at our annual meeting on October 26, 2016.                View Video of the Browneller's accomplishments on their land.

 2016 BACKYARD CONSERVATIONISTS OF THE YEAR SUSAN KENTROTI

Susan Kentroti from Highlands Ranch was recognized for her backyard edible landscape around her home as the District's 2016 Backyard Conservationists of the year at our annual meeting on October 26, 2016. 


    Past District Conservationists of the Year

2015 Andy & Kimberly Hough (Backyard Conservationists of the Year)

2015 John & Sonya Stanchfield (Conservationists of the Year)

2014 Bob & Kristen Welch   Click here to view youtube video

2013 Chris and Jacquiline 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

WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS FOR DOUGLAS COUNTY, COLORADO

For information, please visit the County’s wildfire preparedness page where you can sign up for Code Red, view the County’s Disaster Preparedness Guide and more.