Small Acreage Management:

Intentional Land Management

Need tips to improve your Small Acreage Property?


Design a plan that meets your needs! Whether it is to improve your pastures or raise more livestock, we will help.

Join us:
Intentional Land Management Program
Wednesdays: Sept. 9 – Nov. 4, 2015
6 pm to 8:30 pm at the First National Bank of Cortez Community Room

How we can help

Colorado State University (CSU) Extension, the USDA-NRCS, the High Desert Conservation District, and our partners want to collectively help landowners make informed management decisions that will protect the resources on private lands. Therefore, the Intentional Land Management program will train interested residents and landowners to become knowledgeable and skilled land stewards. The lessons learned in this short course will help you reduce input costs and at the same time improve the quality of life we work so hard to maintain!

This course will give private landowners the tools necessary to implement cost effective management activities on the land. Utilizing local know-how and research-based information, participants will leave the course with their own customized management plan to put into place on their own property.

Proper stewardship promotes conservation, improves yields, amplifies savings in input costs, increases biodiversity, and develops tourism and recreational opportunities.

These courses are designed to fit YOUR needs!

Date Topic
9/9 Setting the Stage: Inventory Resources
9/16 Focusing your goals, formulate a game plan
9/23 Soil testing and water holding capacity
Improving soil health and fertility
9/30 Water in Colorado
My place in the watershed
Irrigation water in my back yard
10/7 How to grow grasses for forage and hay
Woody vegetation growth and benefits
10/14 How and what to do to control weeds
Pasture establishment and renovation
10/21 Managing grazing and forage production
Managing forests and Firewise Planning
10/28 Dealing with Wildlife
11/4 Stewardship for Sustainability


We will have hands-on field tours and a work with participants to sample and analyze your soils to improve you site.

Further Questions?

Contact: john.rizza@colostate.edu or (970) 243-5068 x 128 or
info@highdesertconservation.org (970) 565-9045 x 118

Registration for this 9 week interactive course with 2 field tours is only $120 per property.

To register please click here

Center for Collaborative Conservation Logo
This program is offered in part due to a fellowship grant supplied by the Center for Collaborative Conservation. The CCC Fellows Program is designed to strengthen engagement by promoting collaborative research, education and action on critical issues that link conservation and livelihoods on landscapes around the world.
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE) program's mission is to foster sustainability through grants that enable cutting-edge education to open windows on sustainability across the West. This project is in part funded by a WSARE grant that will nurture ideas and bring about substantial changes in practices over time.

Updated Thursday, August 27, 2015