Since 1937, Colorado’s 74 Conservation Districts have represented private landowners’ interests in conservation planning and practices. While Conservation Districts are technically considered “local governments,” they fall under the statutory guidance of the State.
The Colorado State Conservation Board (CSCB) is comprised of Conservation District representatives from Colorado’s 10 watersheds and provides guidance to the Department of Agriculture for:
- Disbursing state grant funds and direct assistance to the Conservation Districts
- Developing training tools for long and short term planning, budgeting, and laws pertaining to local governance
- Performing as a board of appeals for landowners appealing Conservation District activities
- Facilitating local conservation programs that improve soil health, water quality, water conservation, wildlife habitat, forest health, plant communities and energy conservation.
Commissioner of Agriculture’s Award for Conservation Excellence
The Commissioner of Agriculture’s Award for Conservation Excellence is awarded annually to Conservation District individuals who have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas:
- Leadership that brings dollars and resources to the district and to benefit the land
- Volunteers in service for the conservation community
- Serves in various capacities and assists in sustaining Colorado’s agricultural industry
- Strives to further the collective goals of the conservation community to benefit more of Colorado’s natural resources
- Successful in developing conservation partnerships
- Provides a vision for the future of agriculture and the conservation movement
- Fosters future conservation leaders
- Practices good conservation on their own land
Please note: No award was given in 2020 due to the pandemic, so two honorees were selected in 2021.
2021 Award for Conservation Excellence Winners
Congratulations to Kaitlin Miller from the Middle Park Conservation District and Patrick O’Neill from the Mosca-Hooper Conservation District who were recognized with the 2021 Award for Conservation Excellence.