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The function of EPCCD is to coordinate technical,financial,educational resources to meet the needs of the local land user to conserve natural resources
5610 Industrial Pl Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO
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OURGOALS Implement farm conservation practices to minimize water use, improve yield and conserve soil. Help developers and homeowners manage the land in an environmentally sensitive manner. Reach out to communities and schools to teach the value of natural resources and encourage conservation. Promote planting trees and other land cover to hold soil in place, clean the air, provide cover for wildlife and beautify neighborhoods. Conserve and restore wetlands to purify water and provide habitat for birds, fish and other animals. Protect groundwater resources. OUR HISTORY In the early 1930s the United States experienced an unparalleled ecological disaster known as the Dust Bowl. Severe, sustained drought in the Great Plains caused soil erosion and 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. Conserving natural resources for our future HOW WE WORK All board members of a Conservation District are volunteers and land owners within that district. The board meets once per month to set strategies and goals for the district. The programs and projects selected for implementation in the district are determined based on inputs from local land owners. Each Conservation District has an assigned liaison from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to ensure that all selected programs and projects are well coordinated with the NRCS. We also partner with Colorado State University Extension and county agencies. Each district may also have one or more paid employees to handle administrative requirements and support the programs selected by the districts' Boards of Directors. The majority of Conservation District funding comes from local fund raising projects. The State of Colorado Department of Agriculture also provides some amount of direct assistance as state budgets allow. WHY WE WANT YOU TO GET INVOLVED People are the key to conservation district success. Local people offer extensive expertise and interest regarding the best ways to take care of their own natural resources. Effective management of natural resources at the local level reduces outside intervention and regulation. Districts often have minimal budgets, and can't meet their conservation goals without volunteer help. Volunteers in education can help youth learn to be responsible stewards of the land. HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED We are always looking for people that would like to serve as board members, volunteers and communicators of local conservation needs. If you are interested please contact your local Conservation District.