History of the Spanish Peaks-Purgatoire River Conservation District
The Spanish Peaks – Purgatoire River Conservation District was organized under the Colorado Soil Conservation Act of 1937 (CRS §35-70-101 et seq.) as amended. The Stonewall and Purgatoire Soil Conservation Districts were consolidated to form the Purgatoire River Soil Conservation District. This District was established by a vote of the local landowners and the certificate of organization was issued by the Colorado Secretary of State on April 20, 1976. All incorporated municipalities and areas devoted exclusively to commercial or industrial uses, as they existed at the time the District was formed, are excluded from the District.
The Purgatoire River Soil Conservation District was subsequently merged with the Spanish Peaks SCD following an election held May 7, 1996. The consolidation was put in effect to reduce administrative costs, streamline the delivery of assistance to landowners from the Board of Supervisors, district employees, and NRCS technical staff, reduce paperwork, eliminate redundancies, and create a single identity for local landowners.
The District is in Las Animas, Costilla, and parts of Huerfano Counties, and covers more than 1,257,744 acres. Governed by a Board of Supervisors comprised of seven landowners, the Board members are elected on the first Tuesday of May on even-numbered years. Four members are elected for four-year terms one election year and three are elected for four-year terms on the subsequent election cycle.