About the Douglas County Conservation District

March 20, 2020

Notice COVID-19 Situation

We really look forward to connecting with our community at our Board of Supervisor’s Meetings  and local workshops to share our mission of helping people help the land.

Direction from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and our partner agencies is based on the strongest and most recent information we have to protect the public. For more information on these guidelines please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/covid-19-recommendations.

We need to prioritize the health and safety of our community. Given this direction to limit the effects of COVID-19 in our community, we will not hold group gatherings until further notice. 

Plant Pick Up Day of April 21 is rescheduled as the Douglas County Fairgrounds is closed through May 1.  We will notify the public as soon as have an available date for Plant Pick Up Day. Until that time, the purchase cut-off date is also undetermined. Please check back at the DouglasConserves.org/Shop page for updates.

Board of Supervisor Meetings are public meetings.  As of March 20, these monthly meetings are offered to the public via a conference call service.   Meetings are posted on our Events page at www.DouglasConserves.org/Events. The details of this service are listed on each Event.  Please check back as updates will come as the situation improves in the future.

Office Hours as of March 20, our office in Franktown is not open to visitors until April 3 at this time.  However, we fully intend to continue to offer conservation support services.  Please contact us and check out our website 24/7.  We look forward to helping you. 

How to Contact Us

Thank you for your understanding in these tough times.

Our Warmest Regards,

Heather Kelly

District Manager

Douglas County Conservation District

 

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Thank you for visiting the Douglas County Conservation District website.  Here you can find information about what we do, who we are and why we’re doing it here in Douglas County.  We want to be your source for all things conservation.  Through our partner affiliations we can get you the local information to make decisions for your plant, soil, animal and water conservation needs. Conservation means the three R’s of the old days; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

The Douglas County Conservation District’s Mission is helping people help the land by promoting projects through education to further sustainable use of natural resources.  The district’s goal is also to balance the needs of agriculture and urban growth.

The district is governed by a volunteer Board of five Supervisors. The Board of Supervisor public meetings are typically held once a month on the fourth Monday, at 6pm, at the U.S.D.A. Service Center located on the northeast corner of Highway 83 (Parker Road) and Highway 86 in Franktown. Our office is in the same building as the Post Office. Enter the door marked “7519 A” west of the Post Office door.  Any changes to the meeting schedule is updated on the  Events Calendar.

We need Board Supervisors.  Please see this overview for the details and contact our District Manager with any questions or comments.   Board Supervisor Overview

To fulfill our mission we organize workshops, go into schools to teach kids, and we are currently working on a stream restoration project on East Plum Creek in Castle Rock.  We work with all District residents to help them discover the value of conservation as it relates to their lives and the future of Douglas County. To achieve these goals, we work closely with landowners to assist in recommending conservation practices such as windbreaks including specific seedling tree species selection, grass seed plantings to stop erosion, proper grazing management, controlling noxious weeds, and providing products to insure successful plantings. In some cases financial assistance may be available to help achieve your conservation goals. We also conduct several public workshops on various topics.  Our Events Calendar and Facebook are the outlets for this information.  Please contact our District Manager with any workshop requests.

We offer scholarships for High School students to attend Conservation “Camp Rocky” as well as College Tuition Scholarships to students pursuing a career in environmental – sciences related field, and adopt classrooms which provide conservation curriculum to schools.  See our Scholarship Page.

We offer Cost-Share Grants for Noxious Weed Mitigation and Fire Mitigation work in Douglas County.  See our Grants Page.

We receive funds from several sources such as the County and State to help our District residents. No district funding comes through direct taxation. The district does receive revenue from product sales to fund our programs as well, check out our Shop Page.

A Brief History of Conservation Districts

How We Got Started
The date was late 1929, the stock market had crashed, and the Great Plains region was plunged into a severe drought. The dry, unprotected soil was ravaged by winds sending great clouds of dust rolling east across the country and out over the ocean. It was observed by members of Congress standing outside the Capitol building in Washington, DC. Concerned individuals realized this destruction of land had to be stopped.

That year, Congress provided a fund of $160,000 to study erosion. In 1935, the Soil Conservation Act was passed which provided assistance and technical expertise to farmers and ranchers. In order to reach the local landowners, states formed soil conservation districts. Through conservation efforts, dust bowl lands were brought back into agricultural production by World War II. Our district was established February 7, 1940 when the West Plum Creek soil erosion district was formed governed by a five member board of supervisors. Three years later on May 5, 1943, the Cherry Creek Soil Conservation District was formed also consisting of a five member board of supervisors. These districts came out of the landowners recognition of a need to control and prevent further deterioration of the natural resources after the drought in the 1930’s.

In 1960, a referendum was held to consolidate the two districts into the Douglas County Soil Conservation District. The new district covers nearly all of Douglas County except for the original incorporated towns and a few landowners who chose not to participate.

In 2002, the 77 Colorado “Soil Conservation Districts” removed “Soil” from their name to more accurately reflect that emphasis not be solely concerned with soil, but for all the natural resources.

Flood Protection The Douglas County Conservation District co-sponsors 22 watershed flood control dams in the county with Douglas County.

Douglas County Conservation District Board of Supervisors and Staff

Heather Kelly

District Manager

Clete Lewis

Board Supervisor

Deb Hill

Secretary

Kevin Shanks

Vice-President

David Shohet

Board Supervisor

Bill Vanderpoel

Treasurer

Contact Us

Visit our Office

Office address:
(next to Post Office in Franktown)
7519A E. Hwy. 86
Franktown, CO 80116

Postal address:
PO Box 688
Franktown, CO 80116

Office Hours: By appointment during the COVID-19 issue.  Please contact Heather. Thank you for your patience.

Email Heather Kelly, District Manager: DCCDistrict@gmail.com

Telephone: 303-218-2622