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.

Gardner listens to concerns of local officials

U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, top left, was in Meeker on Friday to meet with the Rio Blanco County commissioners and officials of the White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts regarding federal issues of local concern. From left to right are: U.S. Rep. Gardner, Commissioner Shawn Bolton, Commissioner Jon Hill, Commissioner Jeff Eskelson and Callie Hendrickson, the executive director of the conservation districts.

RBC I The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts joined the Rio Blanco County commissioners and several members of the public for a meeting with U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner on Friday to address shared concerns about a number of natural resource issues.

U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner here on Friday

RBC I The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts are pleased to announce that U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner will be in Meeker on Friday.

August Piceance Basin tour open to public

RBC I The White River and Douglas Creek Natural Resource Districts will be hosting a Piceance Basin national resource tour on Aug. 13, open to the public. The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., departing from the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds in Meeker.

Letter to the Editor: Conservation District board member explains resignation

Dear Editor: On May 12, 2014, I resigned my position as a board member of the White River Conservation District.

Letter to the Editor: In support of state over feds

Dear Editor: The White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts of Rio Blanco County support the State of Colorado pushing back against the federal agencies as they develop land-use plans and consider listing the greater sage-grouse.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to those in rangeland monitoring training program

Dear Editor: As good stewards of the land, ranchers continually strive to improve their management of the rangelands. The Douglas Creek and White River conservation districts are pleased to have an additional four local ranchers take advantage of the Districts’ Rangeland Monitoring Training Program during 2013.