In the southeastern-most part of the state, lies the historic town of Springfield, CO, a city known for its farming and cattle ranching communities.
It is also the city that now boasts one of Colorado’s exceptional stewards of conservation, Pipe Springs Ranch LLC. This 14,000-acre ranch has been named the 2011 recipient of the Leopold Conservation Award, an award which honors farmers and/or ranchers who demonstrate responsible stewardship and management of natural resources.
Pharo Cattle Company is located eight miles north of Cheyenne Wells in the short-grass prairie of eastern Colorado. They own or lease some 6,000 acres and operate a commercial cowherd, as a registered cowherd. “Our seedstock program consists of Red Angus, Black Angus, Tarentaise, Hereford, and Composites,” says Pharo. Their bull sales have grown from seven when they started in 1990 to over 350 in 2003. “We have repeat customers from 18 different states,” he said.
Albert and Mary Krueger work together as part-time farmers on their 129-acre irrigated grass hay ranch near Meeker, Colorado. The Kruegers purchased their land in 1996, which they admitted was in terrible condition. In 2002, Albert signed up for the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a cost-share incentives program that offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has made innovative use of geotextiles to repair several cracked earth dams.
This paper presents how geotextiles were used to repair three dams in Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. The geotextile performs different functions in each of these three dams, all of which are dry structures. – In the Colorado dam, a structural filter of rock and sand fill sandwiched between two layers of geotextile is used to stop the propagation of cracks from the existing fill and foundation into the newly reconstructed upstream zone of impervious earthfill, as well as to provide a filter layer downstream of this impervious zone.