Here's a short video of why we do what we do…
what we do:
We are the only organization within the county that is focused directly on efforts to help private land owners with their land issues.
Provide scholarships for Camp Rocky Conservation Camp for 14-19 year olds
Provide college scholarships for high school students interested in pursuing a natural resource or agricultural degree.
We receive approximately 200 area subdivision reviews per year and advise on their impact regarding soil, water, plant and other natural resources.
Inspect and maintain area watershed dams
Advise on custom grass seed mixes
Advise on mitigation of soil loss situations due to blowing or eroding soil
Provide little to free of charge educational workshops and classes on conservation topics to local landowners and members of our urban community.
Work with partnering agencies to restore, rebuild and prevent fires in our community
Hold educational workshops regarding reforestation.
Provide free of charge educational classes on conservation topics to local students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, including the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Soil Tunnel, as well as hosting the district wide 6th grade Conservation Poster Contest.
Partner with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) as the local USDA Service Center for conservation and technical assistance programs to small, rural landowners in El Paso County; which includes: water quality and quantity, soil health, erosion by wind and water, information on noxious weeds, information on crop, pasture and range management, windbreak plantings, wetland stabilization, flood mitigation, forest restoration and many other practices that natural resource concerns.
Partner and Collaborate with other groups and organizations
Natural Resource Priority Areas:
Water Quality & Quantity
Forestry restoration and management
Ag land Preservation
Invasive and Noxious Weeds
Land Use Planning
Environmental Disaster Response
EPCCD also partners with Garden Clubs to host educational workshops on healthy soils so we can all have the opportunity to grow vegetables and flowers. These classes and workshops are free to the public.
The Waldo Canyon fire was a forest fire that started approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) northwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 23, 2012, and was declared 100 percent contained on July 10, 2012, after no smoke plumes were visible on a small portion of the containment line on Blodgett Peak. The fire was active in the Pike National Forest and adjoining areas, covering a total of 18,247 acres (29 sq mi; 74 km2). The fire had caused the evacuation of over 32,000 residents of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Woodland Park, several small mountain communities along the southwestern side of Highway 24, and partial evacuation of the United States Air Force Academy. There were 346 homes destroyed by the fire. U.S. Highway 24, a major east-west road, was closed in both directions