White River Conservation District banquet…

Among the many folks enjoying a rib dinner courtesy of the Rio Blanco County Cattlewomen on Friday evening at the Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center on County Road 4 were, from left, Connie Hughes, Ty Dunham, Gary Dunham, Bill Dunham and Diane Dunham. The purpose of the gathering was a landowner appreciation barbecue put on by the Douglas Creek and White River conservation districts and a tour of the plant center.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to those helping with county land plan

Dear Editor: The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts are excited that nearly three years of planning and work have culminated in the finalized Rio Blanco County Land and Resource Use Plan.

Local woman testifies before U.S. House on wild horse, burro problem

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RBC I The National Association of Conservation Districts made the voice of conservation heard at a U.S. House subcommittee hearing June 22 on the issue of wild horse and burro overpopulation on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.

Conservation districts weigh in on plan to assist sage grouse

RBC I The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts staff attended the BLM’s Stakeholder Workshop titled “The Next Steppe: Implementing for the Future,” in Grand Junction on April 19, when several Interior Department staff members from Washington D.C., and Colorado BLM Director Ruth Welch addressed the group.

Conservation districts push horse gather

RBC I The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts provided public comment at the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in Redmond, Ore., on April 13-14.

Still time to comment on county land, resource plan

RBC I The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts, in partnership with Rio Blanco County, hosted four input sessions for the Land and Resource Use Plan across Rio Blanco County on March 8 and 9. Input sessions were held in Meeker, Rangely and at the Piceance Creek Clinic.

Conservation district examines 2015 triumphs, 2016 challenges

Neil Brennan, left, president of the White River Conservation District Board of Supervisors presented the Conservationists of the Year Award to Rocky Pappas, Sparky Pappas and Travis Flaherty at Friday’s annual meeting and banquet at the Fairfield Center in downtown Meeker. District manager Chris Colflesh reported there were 104 people present at the banquet.

MEEKER I More than 100 people enjoyed the White River Conservation District’s annual meeting Friday at the Meeker Fairfield Center.

Conservation districts launch horse, burro info

RBC I The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts joined with the National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition (Coalition) to launch a public information and education campaign to provide insights to the general public of the challenges excess wild horses and burros pose to Western rangelands.

District of the Year…

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Board members of the White River Conservation District attended the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts annual meeting in Beaver Creek on Nov. 16-19. The district was presented with the “District of the Year” award by the Colorado State Board of Conservation for the members’ hard work and dedication to the landowners they represent. From left […]

Letter to the Editor: Conservation districts join to promote wise use of resources, gathers

Dear Editor: The Douglas Creek and White River conservation districts’ purpose is to promote the wise use of natural resources within our county and in general. The districts announce the development of a natural resource informational campaign.

Public input needed on county’s land use proposal

RBC I The White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts and Rio Blanco County are in the process of developing a Land and Natural Resource Use Plan and Policy that will be guided by input from local residents.

Districts, officials tour Piceance Basin

The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts hosted a Natural Resource Tour in the Piceance Basin on Aug. 13 with 45 participants which included elected officials, agency staff, college instructors, and other interested members of the public.

RBC I The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts hosted a Natural Resource Tour in the Piceance Basin on Aug. 13, centering the focus on Greater Sage Grouse, excess feral horses and the numerous rules and regulations involved in the management of the public lands.