Sign-up for CRMPs now open

MEEKER | One of our founding fathers, Ben Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” This is true for land managers as well.  The success of a land manager can be greatly improved with a conservation plan.  A CRMP is a voluntary natural resource conservation planning process used to enhance resource management and resolve resource issues to achieve the goals and objectives for each land manager.  Whether a land manager’s plan includes the development of more recreational opportunities, a reduction in production cost, or an increase in stocking rate, your local conservation districts can help you develop a custom conservation plan to meet your goals and objectives.

In partnership with NRCS, BLM and other land management agencies, the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts are offering to assist Rio Blanco County land owners and managers in developing individualized CRMPs.  Land owners, users, resource managers, and other interested parties can team together to achieve common goals and meet resource needs.  Farmers and ranchers who hold leases and allotments on public lands, who would like to develop a CRMP, may be eligible for financial assistance with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, US Forest Service, and/or other partners to address resource concerns on public and private lands in addition to current available financial assistance programs.

Whether you are looking to improve grazing conditions, increase crop yields, or develop wildlife habitat, we can help you custom design a CRMP to meet your goals.  The following practices are just some of the activities that could be pursued through a CRMP: brush management; critical area planting; cross fences; fire and fuel breaks; prescribed burning; prescribed grazing; range planting; wetland wildlife habitat management; spring development; livestock and wildlife water developments; herbaceous weed control; and streambank stabilization.  These practices would be utilized to treat resource concerns such as: domestic livestock health; soil quality (erosion); plant health; water quantity/quality; and energy savings.

If you would like to sign up and/or find out more about a CRMP please come by your local USDA and conservation district office located at 351 7th St., Meeker, Colo., 81641, call 970-878-9838, and/or email whiterivercd@gmail.com.

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