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2021 Western Region Meeting   arrow

May 18-20, 2021
Steamboat Springs, CO


Register here. Please fill out the registration form to the best of your knowledge. We understand that things change. We have all experienced an unprecedented level of uncertainties this year. We need a head count as soon as possible to arrange for food and assure compliance with public health protocols. You can edit your response after you submit.
Registration for the meeting is $75. Invoices will be delivered during the meeting. Payment can be made with a CSU account or by check written to CSU Extension. Payment can be made during or after the meeting.
A virtual option is available to everyone for the first and second day activities, payment is not necessary for virtual attendance but we ask that you still register.

Tentative Schedule

  • Tuesday, May 18 – Meeting location TBD
    • 2:00pm Welcome, Todd
    • 2:30pm Administrative Updates and Regional Awards, CJ/Darrin/Eric
    • 3:30pm Lightning program share
    • 5:15pm Meet at the Nordic Lodge
    • 6:00pm Dinner @ Routt Distillery
  • Wednesday, May 19
    • 8:30am Meet in Nordic Lodge Parking lot
    • Utterback Ranch
    • Saddleback Ranch
    • Legacy Ranch
    • 6:00pm Dinner @ Mucklows
  • Thursday, May 20 – Meeting location TBD
    • 8:30am Regional specialist conversation


Book your room at the Nordic Lodge in Steamboat Springs. Call 970-879-0531 and tell them you are with CSU Extension. Rooms range from $109-$169 with multi-room suites available. Check out the rooms at Please book by May 1 for the group rate. There will be no fee associated with cancelations prior to the end of April.

Tour Day

  • Routt Distillery – Founded in 2021 by Brad Christensen, Routt Distillery was created with the principles of ‘farm to glass’ distilling and hyperlocal sourcing at its heart. All of the barley used to produce the distillery’s whisky, gin and vodka are sourced from Colorado producers. The distillery is committed to never using bought-in neutral grain spirits, making it an outlier in Colorado’s booming spirit industry. The distillery is committed to flavor, provenance, and transparency.
  • Utterback Ranch – This multi-generational ranch west of Steamboat Springs has recently been gifted to CSU by alumna and supporter Karin Utterback Normann and her husband Ron Normann, who is a retired CSU faculty member. The CSFS played a key role in the management of the ranch prior to the gifting, and now our colleagues from the Natural Resources Ecology Lab in the Warner College are managing it. Read more about the ranch HERE and about our hosts HERE
  • Saddleback Ranch – The 8,000 acre fourth-generation cattle ranch is owned and run by the Iacovetto Family. The ranch is also a haven for outdoor activities including horseback riding, sleigh rides, snowmobile tours, ATV tours, hunting, tubing, weddings and cattle drives.
  • Legacy Ranch – A product of a community vision to preserve the south entrance to Steamboat Springs as productive ranch land, the city-owned Legacy Ranch has recently come under the management of the Routt County CSU Extension Office. Help us envision the research and community projects that can grow here!
  • Fry Ranch – Long time legendary property, managed by our very own CJ Mucklow, the ranch is site to CSFS forest management efforts. We will discuss how both Extension and private landowners can better partner with CSFS for the health of our forests and community.

What else do you need to know?

  • Dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday and breakfast on Thursday are included in the registration fee.
  • People will be responsible for their own transport.
  • We are still finalizing the site for our gatherings. It will be influenced by the number of registrants and current local public health protocols. We will send out a finalized agenda with location meeting details at least one week in advance.
  • We will be outside as much as possible. Spring weather in Routt County can be variable, so please dress accordingly. Closed-toed shoes will be required on the tour day.