"A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Our History:
'A nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself.' - Franklin Roosevelt
Conservation districts were formed nationwide in response to the Dust Bowl of the 1930's. The Custer Conservation District was organized under the Colorado Soil Conservation Act of 1937. "In April 1939, the Custer County Divide Soil Erosion District was officially inaugerated by a ballot that carried a large majority in favor of the formation of the District. The certificate of organization was issued by the Colorado Secretary of State on May 4, 1939. All lands within incorporated municipalities and areas devoted exclusively to commercial or industrial uses, as they existed at the time the District was formed, were excluded from the District. It was originally formed for rodent control(prairie dogs), but as a levy for funds to carry on a rodent program was unfavorable in the District vote, this program was deferred. As this District was primarily organized for rodent control with conservation work secondary to this problem, interest in this program was only fair at the time the conservation work was inaugarated but it is increasing as is reflected by the receipt of 18 applications covering 22,400 acres. As this work extends it is expected that the interest and demand for technical assistance will materially increase. At the present time, interest of business men and the local paper is extremely favorable." - Albert Aurich - District Secretary, 1940. In May 1942, the District grew in size as landowners outside the original District unanimously voted to annex to the District the remaining lands of Custer County. Custer Conservation District continues to provide conservation services and education to the citizens of Custer County.
Our District Board of Supervisors & Staff:
The Custer County Conservation District is dedicated to helping people manage their natural resources through education and land management project assistance. The District is governed by an elected volunteer Board of Supervisors. Monthly meetings are conducted on the second Thursday and are open to the public. Contact the District Office for up-to-date meeting times and locations.
The Conservation District works closely with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS provides a variety of assistance and technical information to farmers, ranchers, and other landowners.
Currently, there are 76 conservation districts throughout the state of Colorado.
The Custer County Conservation District is a non-profit organization that relies on funding from grants, workshop fees, and donations from the public.