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Who is the Jefferson Conservation District?

The Jefferson Conservation District is one of 76 Districts in the state of Colorado. The District extends from the plains to the continental divide, and includes a variety of ecosystems and elevations that range from 3,500 to over 14,000 feet. The district’s ecosystems vary from short grass prairie to alpine tundra with many forest types between. JCD utilizes an educational, incentives-based approach as opposed to a regulatory approach in working with landowners, cooperators and partners in implementing Federal and State conservation programs. Along with forest restoration, JCD has grown to include specialization in noxious weed management and urban agriculture. Our energetic staff find implementing real and meaningful conservation projects a rewarding profession.

Jefferson Conservation District has four areas of focus: Forestry, Noxious Weeds, Urban Agriculture, and Native Seed Sales. 

What is a Conservation District?

Conservation districts are a local form of government that grew out of the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Originally called “Soil Conservation Districts,” they were formed to bring landowners together to protect against widespread soil erosion. Since then, their missions have evolved to include conservation of all natural resources, such as water, land, air, vegetation, and wildlife. 

How is JCD connected with the NRCS?

The Jefferson Conservation District is a local organization backed with federal expertise.  It is affiliated with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Center in Longmont, CO.  The staff of the two offices communicate daily to fulfill the needs of the land and its stewards. 

The mission of the NRCS is to “provide resources to farmers and landowners to aid them with conservation.”  The agency accomplishes these goals by coordinating the best scientific knowledge available into resources accessible at the local level.  In a personal form, technical assistance is available with a phone call to your local resource conservationist.  Additionally, the NRCS administers Farm Bill funding, mainly through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), to reward landowners for implementing conservation practices on their land.  If you think your land would benefit from forest, crop, or range management, feel free to give us a call.  Use the JCD main line or call Longmont directly 303-776-1242, Ext. 3, to get in contact during business hours.