See what our brokers are reading, watching, and listening to this week.
Private Land Conservation
Nearly 60 percent of Colorado’s land is privately owned, and climate change and population growth have made it harder for ranchers and farmers to stay on their working lands. A Statewide Private Lands Conservation Plan that prioritizes the protection and connectivity of private lands could help, as well as the creation or updating of statewide plans around water, wildlife, and recreation.
Targeted grazing on public land is gaining in popularity as rangeland program managers are finding it to be a tool to remove invasive plants, promote perennial seeding, and create firebreaks. Read more.
Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton warned Congress last week that Colorado River water users must cut their water usage by as much as one-fourth by the end of next year to address “critically low water levels” and prevent depleting the reservoirs past the point at which they can continue to function and produce hydropower.
Rangeland Resilience Workshop
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Colorado State University are putting on a series of Rangeland Resilience Workshops for landowners that will cover grazing and drought management, restorations and resilience, wet meadow restoration, conifer removal, cheatgrass management, and funding programs. See the schedule to the left, and RSVP to Marcella Tarantino at email@example.com.