Agency seeks input on Colorado River watershed at public meeting in Rifle |

Agency seeks input on Colorado River watershed at public meeting in Rifle

RIFLE, Colorado ” The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is hosting a series of public input sessions throughout Colorado. The input session for the Colorado River watershed is being held from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 24, at the Rifle Fire Protection District located at 1850 Railroad Ave. in Rifle.

This public input meeting is a result of the 2008 Farm Bill, which became law June 18. As the rule-making process gets under way, the NRCS in Colorado prepares to manage and deliver the conservation programs, many of which include cost-share and other financial assistance. Over the next five years, the NRCS wants to ensure it develops a plan that meets the needs of its customers and addresses the natural resource conservation priorities within the state.

“We would very much like to hear from our natural resource partners and our customers,” said NRCS district conservationist Dennis Davidson. “Their input is critical to NRCS’ conservation program delivery processes and procedures. We want to make sure we provide the opportunity for people to share their natural resource conservation expertise, experiences, and opinions, as well as provide input for the direction NRCS should take as we administer the conservation programs in the 2008 Farm Bill.”

The public input sessions will cover topics ranging from water conservation to invasive species and are designed for NRCS natural resource partners and customers to share their natural resource conservation concerns, priorities and suggestions for program improvement and direction.

NRCS is also planning an informative and highly interactive exchange on the topic, and encourages farmers, ranchers, conservation partners and agricultural landowners within the Colorado River watershed to join them after the first meeting at the RFPD from 1-3 p.m.

For more information contact Dennis Davidson at 945-5494, ext. 106.

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