Wildlife and Natural Resources
Are Colorado farmers concerned about endangered species?
Yes, Colorado farmers and ranchers are concerned about endangered species. Farmers and ranchers work to enhance and improve their land, not only for agricultural production, but also for the benefit of wildlife, biodiversity and the environment.
What do farmers do for conservation of the environment?
Farmers and ranchers care for the environment through a variety of methods. They manage invasive plant species and they use tillage methods that limit soil erosion. Farmers and ranchers make their living from the environment, and have an interest in making sure the environment stays healthy. Colorado farmers/ranchers enabled the Colorado Parks and Wildlife to complete a six year study to identify the mountain plovers numbers and habitat. This study revealed that the mountain plover was not endangered and that private agriculture lands have a significant role in long-term conservation of wildlife species. For more on this story click here.
Is energy important to farming?
Energy is very important to farming and ranching because it is necessary to plant, harvest and transport our food supply. It is also used to power water pumps, equipment, vehicles and provide heat.
Farmers and ranchers use many different methods of energy production to meet their needs including but not limited to gasoline, diesel fuel, natural gas, propane, oil, solar and wind energy. Farmers and ranchers believe in an all-of-the-above energy policy to meet their needs.
Energy production takes place on many private farms and ranchers, which is used to supplement their income. In some instances, this additional income is what enables a family to keep their farm or ranch.
Is fracking safe?
Fracking is safe. The first oil well was fracked in the late 1940s and the technology has created an energy revolution today. Fracking occurs deep underground in rock layers that prevent the water and chemicals used in fracking to escape. Furthermore, because of the depth at which fracking occurs, there is very little chance that fracking materials can get into groundwater. For more on fracking click here.
Does livestock grazing improve public lands?
Yes! The grazing of livestock on public lands not only benefits the rancher, it also benefits the American public. Livestock that graze on public land contribute to range health by eating invasive species of plants and providing fertilizer for the existing range plants. Grazing also reduces plant undergrowth, which can contribute to wildfire dangers in Colorado. Ranchers take care to maintain the range in their grazing allotment(s).
Water development by ranchers benefits wildlife as well, because it allows them to have a consistent, clean source of water year-round.