Conservation districts are a local form of government that grew out of the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Originally called “Soil Conservation Districts,” they were formed to bring landowners together to protect against widespread soil erosion. Since then, their missions have evolved to include conservation of all natural resources, such as water, land, air, vegetation, and wildlife.
The Jefferson Conservation District is one of 76 Districts in the state of Colorado. The District extends from the plains to the continental divide, and includes a variety of ecosystems and elevations that range from 3,500 to over 14,000 feet. The district’s ecosystems vary from short grass prairie to alpine tundra with many forest types between. JCD utilizes an educational, incentives-based approach as opposed to a regulatory approach in working with landowners, cooperators and partners in implementing Federal and State conservation programs. Along with forest restoration, JCD has grown to include specialization in noxious weed management and urban agriculture. Our energetic staff find implementing real and meaningful conservation projects a rewarding profession.