Local Area Workgroups

Your participation will help plan for the protection and proper management of El Paso County’s natural resources into the next century.

Local Workgroups were established to provide recommendations to USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service on local natural resource priorities and criteria for conservation activities and programs. NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.

​Conservation districts serve as a local coordinator of financial and technical assistance for natural resource problems from all levels of government to private landowners and land users. They use information gathered at Local Workgroup meetings to make recommendations on programs and services offered by our conservation partners, such as the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The conservation district is governed by a board of directors who are local residents, appointed to unpaid four-year terms of office to carry out the district’s mission.

One of the missions of conservation districts is to promote responsible land use decisions for the conservation, protection and improvement of soil and water resources by providing information assistance through effective partnering, technical guidance and education.

At the annual Local Workgroup meetings and/or via printed or online surveys, participants will be provided an opportunity to help identify natural resource concerns and goals, examine new conservation opportunities and prioritize areas where conservation efforts are most needed.