State conservation board changes name |

State conservation board changes name

One of the oldest state programs will soon have a new name. On July 1, the State Soil Conservation Board and the 77 soil conservation districts will no longer have “soil” in their names. Colorado becomes the 34th state to enact the change.

“Today districts handle much more than soil problems,” said Don Ament, commissioner of agriculture at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “They also deal with issues such as water, wildlife, forestry, salinity, development issues and urban conservation as well as other agriculture challenges.”

This year the state legislature passed House Bill 1099, sponsored by Rep. Bill Webster and Senator Dave Owen, both of Greeley. With this change in law, local districts will be members of the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, and the board will be named the State Conservation Board. The association believes the name change will help recruit local board members, increase their client base and make urban residents more aware of conservation.

There will be no change in services, said Bob Zebroski, division director of the State Conservation Board.

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