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About WGCD

Our Mission:

 

Provide leadership and guidance in the conservation and management of natural resources through research, education, financial assistance, and on the ground conservation practices.

           

In short: We help landowners be good stewards of the land.


 

Where We Work

The District boundary is entirely within Weld County and covers a total of 1,650,000 acres. We extend North to the Wyoming border, East to New Raymer and West to the Weld County line.  Our Southern boundary is a little harder to verbalize as we share southern Weld with several other Conservation Districts, but the boundary includes:  Johnstown/Milliken area, Lasalle, Kersey and down around Keenesburg.

Land ownership within the District is:

Private land – 1,390,000 acres

Federal & State land – 260,000 acres

District Map:

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In the early 1930’s the United States experienced an unparalleled ecological disaster known as the Dust Bowl.  Severe, sustained drought in the Great Plains caused soil erosion and the loss of productive topsoil leading to huge black dust storms that blotted out the sun.  The storms stretched south to Texas and east to New York.  Dust even sifted into the White House and onto the desk of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  After seeing the sky black with dust in Washington, the U.S. Congress unanimously passed legislation declaring soil and water conservation a national policy and priority.  Since about three-fourths of the United States was privately owned, Congress realized that only active, voluntary support from landowners would guarantee the success of conservation work on private land.  In 1937, President Roosevelt wrote the governors of all the states recommending legislation that would allow local landowners to form soil conservation districts.

West Greeley Conservation District was established on June 14, 1948 in accordance with the Colorado Soil Conservation


Natural Resource Priority Areas:

Soil Health
Erosion Prevention
Water Quality & Quantity
Ag land Preservation
Range Management
Invasive and Noxious Weeds
Conservation Education
Wildlife Habitat
Land Use Planning
Environmental Disaster Response

 

We offer many cost share programs for district participants in order to ensure a productive use and maintenance of private lands. We are the only program within the county that is focused directly on efforts to help private land owners with their land issues.

School educational programs in water, soils, wildlife, and other natural resource educational programs

Tree planting efforts across the county

Reseeding of native grasses in open spaces throughout the metro areas of Weld County to stabilize the soil and help provide recreational opportunities and habitats for wildlife.

Sponsorship of an economical tree sale program for those with approximately 1 or more acres of land with the realization that trees add value to property, help control home heating and cooling, provide soil and wind stabilization, as well as provide attraction of wildlife and increase the quality of homeowners lives.

Representation on state and local efforts for air and water quality initiatives

We offer scholarships to local students whose parents are members within the district, and are interested in studying the sciences, agriculture, environmental pursuits, or other natural resource oriented studies.

We provide classroom lesson plan support for natural resource issues ranging from water, air, wildlife, soils, and energy.

Provide technical support and input to Weld County Planning and Zoning

Summer educational opportunities are also afforded to local residents in such programs as landscape design for water efficiency, wind energy and solar opportunity education, reclamation of land disturbed by local energy development.

Mitigation of soil loss situations due to blowing or eroding soil

Technical support for enforcement agencies dealing with blowing soil or water issues

Work directly in ensuring the local economic base of agriculture is secured for the future

We do this through:

Supporting conservation planning that promotes local, agronomic and economic sustainability through wise land use;

Providing innovative outreach and education to citizens and stakeholders;

Researching, recording, and disseminating information about WGCD’s natural resources;

Promoting a comprehensive conservation ethic for the effective and appropriate management and sustainable use of natural resources;

Actively participating in local forums designed to promote comprehensive resource management within the WGCD.

Partnering and Collaborating with other groups and organizations

Implementing on the ground conservation projects

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