Our Partners

Explore our partners or other friends of conservation:

Associations, Festivals, Groups, Innovators, Others

Rural Mental Health

Colorado Crisis Services (CCS)
Farm Crisis Center
High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS)
Rural Resilience


Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Seeds of Success Program

Environmental Protection Agency, WaterSense

National Park Service

National Park Service, Rocky Mountain Ecological Succession

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS provides America’s farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to put conservation on the ground to protect soil and water while providing wildlife habitat. Keeping our soil healthy is very important as food production increases to ensure we’ll be able to feed the world for generations to come.
Colorado State Conservationist, Clint Evans clint.evans@usda.gov 720-544-2810
Area 3 Conservationist, Deric Clemons deric.clemons@usda.gov 720-544-2807
Resource Team 15 Lead, Kevin Triplett kevin.triplett1@usda.gov 719-600-4711
NRCS Program Support Specialist, Linda Janssen linda.janssen@usda.gov 719-600-4709

Farm Service Agency
FSA has two primary functions: farm programs and farm loan programs. These programs support producers, from beginning farmers and ranchers who need access to loans to start up their operations to established producers who endured catastrophic weather events and need disaster assistance or a strong financial safety net.
County Executive Director, Christine Mergelman christine.mergelman@usda.gov (719) 541-2358

Rural Development
USDA Rural Development invests in rural America with loan, grant, and loan guarantee programs because we understand a strong community is rooted in its people. The commitment and resources we bring to rural communities helps drive economic security and prosperity.
Serving El Paso County: Las Animas Office amy.mund@usda.gov (719) 456-0120

U.S. Department of Commerce

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Weather Service
National Centers for Environmental Prediction

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

U.S. Forest Service


The Colorado AgrAbility Project (CAP)

Colorado Department of Agriculture

Colorado State Conservation Board
Advisory: Commissioner of Agriculture, Kate Greenberg
Division Director, Les Owen
State Conservation Board, Cindy Lair
District Operations Specialist, Nikki Brinson
Southeastern Region Field Specialist, Garth Schaefer
Upper Arkansas River Watershed Board Vice President, Ken Barker
Upper Arkansas River Watershed Board Supervisor, Maggie Hanna

Ag. Water Quality
Program Coordinator, Rob Wawrzynski

Ag. Drought and Climate Resilience Office (ADCRO)
Program Manager, Kristen Boysen

Biocontrol at Palisade Insectary
Program Manager, Dan Bean

Program Contact, Lora Richards

Colorado Proud
Program Manager, Danielle Trotta

Energy (ACRE3)
Energy Coordinator, Sam Anderson

Noxious Weeds
Program Manager, Patty York 303-869-9035
Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Specialist, Emily McGrath 303-869-9034
Grants & Outreach Specialist, Emily Gilbert 303-869-9036

Soil Health
Soil Health Administrator, John Miller
Grants Administrator, Rakel Sanchez

Weed Free Forage
Program Contact, Lora Richards

Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Colorado Cottage Foods Act

Colorado Department of Transportation

Colorado Energy Office

“The core of the Colorado Energy Office’s vision is inclusive, striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumer energy costs by advancing clean energy, energy efficiency and zero emission vehicles to benefit all Coloradans.”

Colorado Natural Heritage Program

“The Colorado Natural Heritage Program is Colorado’s only comprehensive source of information on the status and location of Colorado’s rarest and most threatened species and natural plant communities. We share information with a wide range of stakeholders in partnerships that work to ensure the Colorado’s biodiversity resources are not diminished. CNHP has an enormous impact on conservation in Colorado through these partnerships.”

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Colorado State Fair

Colorado State Forest Service

Colorado State Forest Service, Seedling Tree Nursery

Colorado State University, CoAgMET

Colorado Tourism Board; Do Colorado Right

Colorado Water Conservation Board

CSU Extension, El Paso County

Colorado Master Gardener
Family and Consumer Science
4-H and Youth Development

High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS)

State Land Board


El Paso County Community Services Department, Environmental Division (Noxious Weeds)

El Paso County Fair

El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste

El Paso County Regional Park and Nature Center, Bear Creek
El Paso County Regional Park and Nature Center, Fountain Creek
El Paso County Regional Park and Nature Center, Fox Run (in progress)

Pikes Peak Library District, Green Team (Blog)

Pikes Peak Library District, Green Team (Facebook)

Pikes Peak Regional Building Department


City of Fountain, Office of Emergency Management

City of Fountain, Parks and Open Space

City of Fountain, Planning Department

City of Fountain, Utilities

Colorado Springs Utilities Conservation and Environmental Center

Town of Manitou Springs, Water Conservation

Town of Monument, Parks and Community Partnerships


National Association of Conservation Districts

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. NACD’s mission is to promote responsible management and conservation of natural resources on all lands by representing locally-led conservation districts and their associations through grassroots advocacy, education and partnerships.The association was founded on the philosophy that conservation decisions should be made at the local level with technical and funding assistance from federal, state and local governments and the private sector. As the national voice for all conservation districts, NACD supports voluntary, incentive-driven natural resource conservation programs that benefit all citizens.
Chief Executive Officer, Jeremy Peters
Southwest Region Representative, Rachel Theler
President, Kim LaFleur
Southwest Region Executive Board Member, Josh Smith
2023 Region Chair, Tina Thompson
Colorado Board Member, Bob Warner

Colorado Association of Conservation Districts

Executive Director, Abbey Grey
Board President, Jim Cecil
Upper Arkansas River Watershed Director, George Fosha
Camp Rocky Director, Noah McCord
Envirothon Program Manager, Mark Platten (CSU Extension, Teller County)

Other Colorado Conservation Districts