Pipe Springs Ranch: Colorado’s 2011
Leopold Conservation Award Winners (PDF: 18KB)
In the southeastern-most part of the state, lies the historic town of
Springfield, CO, a city known for its farming and cattle ranching
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.
Environmentally Adapted Cattle (PDF; 32KB)
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.
Management System Pays Off for the Kruger Farm (PDF; 466KB)
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
NRCS Makes Innovative Use of Geotextiles to Repair
Cracked Earth Dams
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.
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