Welcome to CACD
The mission of CACD is to serve as the unified voice for the conservation districts of Colorado, facilitating outreach, education and support of landowners in their stewardship of natural resources.
We work with private farm and ranch landowners and small ranchette owners and other suburban developments to assist in wise and proper management of natural resources. CACD is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1945 to represent the 76 conservation districts of Colorado--the original conservationists created by Congress in response to the 1930s Dust Bowl.
Thank you for your support
The 2019/2020 Board of Directors of the
Colorado Association of Conservation Districts would like to thank the following for their contributions to CACD’s administrative budget in 2019.
These additional contributions, as well as all of the conservation districts membership dues payments to CACD’s budget for the 2019 fiscal year, helps your state Association maintain the high level of service to Colorado’s Conservation District membership.
CACD truly appreciates and values your financial support!
CACD Ballot Positions
CACD has taken the following positions on the ballot measures:
One week ago, Saturday March 14th, the state legislature went into recess due to the coronavirus threat. They passed House Joint Resolution 20-1007 stating that the legislature will return on March 30th to reevaluate the situation. That was the 67th legislative day of the 120-day session.
The House and Senate also passed House Joint Resolution 20-1006 requesting guidance from the State Supreme Court regarding the nature of the 120-day session. The question is, if in a state of emergency, it is required the 120 days be counted consecutively (which would mean an end date of May 6th) or if only days on which the Senate or the House of Representatives are convened are counted.
Many of the legislative priorities, including constitutional mandates such as passing an annual budget, await a response from the state's highest court. For now, the fate of the 465 bills (out of 563 introduced) still working their way through the legislative process are in limbo, including the 34 bills your state association is monitoring. CACD is currently tracking the following bills on behalf of the conservation districts: LINK
All of the bills CACD has been working on have been put on hold by the recess, including the State Budget (originally scheduled to be introduced this coming Monday, March 23rd) and HB20-1115 Sales Tax Exemption For Farm Fencing Material, a bill that CACD introduced this year out of the Delta Conservation District.
Please review the bill tracking sheet and send any comments you have to your CACD Watershed Board Member or CACD Executive Director Bobbi Ketels. We remain ready to re-engage when the legislature reconvenes.
The latest budget forecast is speculating that the state will have little new revenue to spend on this year's budget, fiscal year 2020-21 starting July 1st. We will work diligently to prevent any cuts to existing conservation district budgets. Unfortunately, record low oil prices and the slowing of new oil and gas permits due to SB19-181 will likely lead to a lack of severance funds for Matching Grants and Conservation Techs moving forward. We will continue to work with our partners at Colorado Department of Agriculture to address these needs.
We will continue to pass along more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.
2020 Education Outreach Workshop Program Announcement
In cooperation with our Federal Partners NRCS, CACD is pleased to continue to offer a matching agreement option for District Education and Outreach Workshops!
Speakership Program Announcement
CACD in cooperation with our Federal Partners - NRCS, is pleased to continue to offer a 50/50 matching agreement option for Districts providing sponsorship of Speakers and Speakership expenses on Natural Resources and Educational/Outreach Topics.
Save the dates
2020 Co Envirothon - Save the Date - CANCELED
2020 Camp Rocky - Save the Date
CACD Donations Through AmazonSmile.com
CACD now has a link at AmazonSmile.com for a .05% donation of your eligible Amazon purchases to be sent to CACD as a charitable contribution. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select CACD as their organization to receive the .05% donation on your purchases to CACD by electronic funds transfer. Anyone can support CACD by choosing us as your AmazonSmile.com non-profit organization of choice, by clicking the image below: