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Conservation district seeking landowners for panel

By Gene Sears

The Platte Valley Conservation District is looking for landowners who live in the area around Fort Lupton and Platteville to serve on its board of supervisors.
    Like the 75 other conservation districts in Colorado and 3,000 across the United States, Platte Valley was formed as a liaison between landowners and government agricultural agencies after the Dust Bowls in the 1930s. The district, encompassing 158,578 acres in southern Weld County, has been helping to protect farm and rangeland since its founding in 1948, by providing technical, financial and educational resources to landowners. 
    Over the years, the scope of the district has expanded to also include small-acreage owners in its programs.
    The district supervisors work closely with the local National Resources Conservation Service in Brighton. They are elected or appointed for four-year terms. To be eligible for the board, prospective members must be landowners of at least two acres within the boundaries of the district (the district’s borders are from WCR 8 to WCR 42, and from WCR 19 to WCR 49), be a registered Colorado voter and be willing to volunteer about eight hours a month. The district also welcomes associate members.
    Potential volunteers can get more information at Platte Valley’s next meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the NRCS offices, 57 W. Bromley Lane, Brighton (behind Agfinity). Refreshments will be served. For details, contact Cindy Einspahr at the NRCS office, 303-569-0525, or Diana Heyneker at 303-857-1644 or 970-535-4450.

Contact Staff Writer Gene Sears at
gsears@metrowestnewspapers.com.