Our mission is helping people help the land by promoting projects through education to further sustainable use of natural resources, while balancing the needs of agriculture and urban growth. This project is the catalyst for many of the district’s community events where hands-on learning leads to seeds of stewardship that we hope will grow into conservationists of the future.
The East Plum Creek Restoration Partnership is an extensive stream habitat improvement project along a nearly one-mile stretch of East Plum Creek, a central wildlife corridor, as it passes through the Historic Lowell Ranch in Southern Castle Rock. The importance of East Plum Creek is due to its position in the central wildlife corridor that connects thousands of preserved acres of National Forest, State Parks, State Wildlife Areas, and Douglas County Open Space. Impacts to East Plum Creek do affect the Plum Creek and Chatfield Watersheds.
This project aims to restore the creeks appropriate geomorphology and hydrology while improving water quality and reducing sediment loading. Native grass, decrease in noxious weeds and Russian Olive trees will improve and expand the habitat for aquatic and wildlife along this important corridor.
The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation’s (CALF) Historic Lowell Ranch is a private working, agricultural education center. Lowell Ranch was originally homesteaded in 1878 and members of the Lowell family have occupied and owned the ranch since then. CALF encourages a high-level of sound stewardship practices including livestock and gardening practices. The property is a conservation easement held by the Douglas Land Conservancy and was designated a Historic Landmark by the Board of Douglas County Commissioners in 2010; this is a special place. Please note that Lowell Ranch is open to the public during special events or by appointment only.
Below one can find details within the links about the historic reports on the site, current restoration work and conservation practices, engineering plans, partner affiliations key to our success, community events at the site, and photo presentations on all of the above.
Please send inquiries about the partnership, to get involved, or to purchase native plants and seed to our District Manager Heather@DouglasConserves.org.