Conservation Corner: Natural Resource Technical Assistance in Rio Blanco County

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RBC | The White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts (Districts) participate in multiple federal, state, and local partnerships to increase on-the-ground natural resource conservation.  One such partnership provides additional technical assistance to landowners on private and public lands with a District Conservation Technician (DCT).  Kendra Young is the DCT in Rio Blanco County and assists landowners with the development and implementation of resource management system plans by facilitating communications, coordination, and providing technical assistance. 

Kendra holds a Bachelor of Wildlife Biology Degree from the University of Montana with a strong emphasis in Animal Science.  Prior to coming to Meeker, she worked at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Idaho and in various BLM offices as a range technician during summer months. 

Kendra joined the Districts and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) team in April 2020.  In a few short months and with COVID 19 restrictions, she has provided technical assistance to numerous landowners with livestock water and irrigation pipeline implementation, fire mitigation (post-burn), soil samples, easement surveying, and NRCS programmatic compliance reviews.  She will continue working on these types of projects plus working with partners to conduct diversion structure assessments through the White River Integrated Water Initiative this coming year.

Additionally, Kendra assists with providing natural resource information and education outreach.  She is available to demonstrate the River Trailer to youth and adults, highlighting the value of healthy riparian areas and how to prevent stream bank erosion.  Kendra assists with many of the weekly Conservation Corner articles and maintains the District website and Facebook page with natural resource information. 

The Districts are proud to provide these services and benefits to Rio Blanco County citizens in partnership with the NRCS and the Colorado State Conservation Board.  Anyone with natural resource questions or need for technical assistance are encouraged to contact the District/NRCS office at 970-878-5628.  


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