Longmont Conservation District
The Longmont Conservation District serves 144 square miles of Boulder County, 126 square miles of Weld County and 20 square miles of Larimer County that was petitioned into the District. There are 73,520 acres of irrigated cropland and 22,600 acres of non-irrigated cropland in the District with another 15,320 acres of range and pasture land. The median size of the farms or ranches in Boulder County is 30 acres. The culture of the Longmont Conservation District has changed from an extensive agricultural community to an increase in urban and small acreage ownership.
The District Supervisors have identified five natural resource priorities and goals. The number one priority is Water Quality. Our goals are to promote conservation tillage practices to keep soil loss at a minimum and water quality at its highest, to work with producers to promote the use of cover crops on fallow and highly tilled ground, and work with municipalities to understand their runoff issues. The second priority is Water Quantity. The goals are to work with ditch companies to provide information on water use to landowners with property along ditches, provide information to new and prospective landowners on water conservation and to provide support for increased water storage and better irrigation water management practices. Another priority is Land Use. Our goals for this priority are to provide education to landowners and the general public on good neighbor policy for differing practices of all types of production agriculture, assist landowners with the purchase of seedling trees for erosion protection and provide them information on how to plant and what species to plant and continue meeting with the County Commissioners to provide input on agriculture issues in Boulder and Weld Counties. Priority number four is Integrated Pest Management. Our goals for this priority are to eradicate Mediterranean Sage in Boulder County by 2015, provide cost-share to landowners to control noxious weeds in fence rows and irrigation ditches on their property, educate landowners on a variety of controls for noxious weeds and support landowner rights to manage the prairie dog population that advances on private property. Conservation Education is also a priority. The goals for this priority are to present education programs on water resource issues, expand the agriculture expo for fourth grade students and provide conservation education to new landowners on what it means to live on acreage. These goals are the directives for next three years for the Longmont Conservation District. If you have ideas or suggestions on how we can reach these goals, please contact the Conservation District Office.
Boulder Valley Conservation District
The Boulder Valley Conservation District originally contained 97,280 acres. With fifteen additions and transfers involving 21,591 acres, the total acreage in the District at this time is 118,871 acres. There are 14,250 acres of irrigated and non-irrigated cropland and 5,271 acres of pasture and rangeland in the District. The median size farm is 30 acres. There are about 324 total farms in Boulder County. There are 47,295 acres of open space owned by the City of Boulder, Boulder County, and other municipalities. There are also many small acreage parcels of privately owned forest amidst the US Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service lands.
The District Supervisors have identified five natural resource priorities and goals. The first of the priorities is Water Quality and Quantity. Our goals are to work with municipalities to control storm water runoff that is currently routed to irrigation ditches on agricultural lands and provide an educational tour on water delivery systems along the Front Range. The second goal is Land Use. The goals include involvement in Boulder County Open Space land use plan to keep agriculture in Boulder County viable, offer conservation education to the general public on the importance of agriculture, meet with city councils to provide information on agriculture issues and provide the opportunity to purchase seedling trees for rehabilitation and erosion control. Another priority is Integrated Pest Management. The goals in this priority are to Eradicate Mediterranean Sage from land in Boulder County, work with ditch companies to control Eurasian Milfoil and education the general public on prairie dog issues related to farming and agriculture. The fourth priority is Forest Health and Watershed Management. The goal for this priority is to work with forest management agencies to provide education on the importance of tree removal and proper management of their forested acreage. Conservation and Ag Education is our fifth priority. Our goals for this priority is to provide agriculture education to youth on the importance of local agriculture in the everyday lives and to provide timely information to small acreage landowners and the general public to help them understand the vital importance of agriculture in Boulder County. These goals are the directives for next three years for the Boulder Valley Conservation District. If you have ideas or suggestions on how we can reach these goals, please contact the Conservation District Office.