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San Juan Conservation District to hold annual meeting

The San Juan Conservation District will host its annual meeting 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the scenic Taylor Ranch up Piedra Road.

Two workshops will be offered.

The first will focus on biological pest control. Dan Bean, manager of the Palisade Insectary, will speak about biological pest control methods and the programs they have available to the public. Biological pest control affords the opportunity to decrease agriculture’s reliance on chemical pest control. Located in Palisade, Colo., the work of the insectary involves the importing, rearing, establishing, and colonizing of new beneficial organisms for control of specific plant and insect pests that are detrimental to agricultural industries and urban areas. Participants will also have the opportunity to partake in a short weed tour where biological control has been applied.

The second workshop will be led by John Taylor, SJCD vice president. He will speak about Centennial Ranches (a ranch that has been owned by the same family for more than 100 years) within our area. The contributions of Colorado’s long-standing farm and ranch families are significant because generations of these families have withstood the pressures of growth, changes in farming methods, drought and economic conditions to preserve these important pieces of our state’s commercial and cultural history.

Call our office to reserve your space at 731-3615.