ECCD is awarded the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant!
Using Virtual Fencing as a tool for adaptive grazing management, ECCD is evaluating the effectiveness of VENCE technology to manage livestock herds in the challenging terrains of Eagle County.
To better understand virtual fencing technology, our goals and how to participate:
The Eagle County Conservation District is working with 7 producers and over 500 acres of land to promote soil health management at the local level. Producers are provided with tools, resources and funding to help improve their yields and conservation practices on the land.
Check out the Colorado Department of Agriculture's website for soil health news and resources:
ECCD has installed two CoAgMet stations located in Eagle and Gypsum.
These local weather stations can help guide you to efficient daily watering schedules that are scientifically based on the current weather and evapotranspiration rates.
Find out exactly how much water your turf, grass and/or crops require:
The Eagle River Community Water Plan (ERCWP) is a cooperative water management plan that involves multiple stakeholders within Colorado. The goal of this plan is to provide proactive recommendations to anticipated local hydrological changes due to population growth and increased water demand, climate change and projects related to the Eagle River MOU.
The main purpose of the Eagle County Conservation District's (ECCD) involvement in the ERCWP is to advise when applicable and to represent our local constituents. In order to best represent our constituents, ECCD strides to continue our efforts in providing updates and assistance to any project, legislation, policies, etc. that affect our local agricultural members.
For more information on the progress of the ERCWP please check out the Eagle River Watershed Council's website at http://www.erwc.org/. Also check the Vail Daily for public meeting locations and times.
Designating Deep Creek as a Wild and Scenic destination is also in its infancy. The Eagle County Conservation District's Board Members have recently met with members of the Eagle River Watershed Council and American Rivers to discuss the impacts on the agricultural community. The District has been told that current practices will remain and this designation will not have a negative impact to nearby ranchers. For more information on Wild & Scenic Rivers visit https://www.americanrivers.org/2018/01/wild-scenic-rivers-moment-now/.