Moffat County 4-H Council members have announced the "Moffat County Plat and Brand Book" is being updated and reprinted. The plat book last was printed in 2003. Sale of the book is a fundraising project for the Council.
Alisa Comstock, Moffat County 4-H Youth Development Agent, said that a large number of people use the plat book. Among them are hunters, real estate agents, law enforcement officials, landowners, businessmen, ranchers, prospective land buyers, tourists and local citizens.
The "Moffat County Plat and Brand Book" is a useful resource, indeed. An owner index lists the names of Moffat County property owners, in alphabetical order, each one with a page number referring the book's user to a map with the location of that person's property.
Symbols for the maps help readers find county roads, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands, state parks and recreation areas, the Yampa River and more.
Comstock said hunters find the plat book useful in finding property boundaries so they don't trespass.
Cattle and sheep brands registered in Moffat County make up the back portion of the book. This part of the book is helpful in locating owners of stray livestock.
Property maps and symbols for the plat book are provided by the Moffat County Assessor's Office. This year, Nancy Miles, from that office, is assisting in the preparation of the property information part of the book.
The State Board of Stock Inspection Commission provides the brand information.
Work on updating the "Moffat County Plat and Brand Book" has been under way for several months.
In addition to selling the book itself to raise money, the Council also sells ad space in the book, and letters have been sent to Craig businesses with information about this. The ad fees provide the 4-H Council with funds to get the plat books printed. To find out more about ads, call the Moffat County Extension Office at 824-9180 before Oct. 22.
Once the ad pages are formatted, the book will be ready for the printer. The 4-H Council does not know for sure when the 2009 "Moffat County Plat and Brand Book" will be ready for sale.
The proceeds, after expenses, from the plat books will be used by the 4-H Council for several projects. For one, the annual 4-H Achievement Night is funded by the Council. So is the dance that's held during the Moffat County Fair.
The 4-H Council pays the expenses for two senators to attend the State 4-H Conference, held in Fort Collins each June.
Last year the Council sponsored a creative Shoe Box Challenge. The challenge went to local clubs in the county which were asked to submit shoe boxes filled with items that could be used by children who were patients at Children's Hospital in Denver.
The boxes were filled with items such as washcloths, coloring books and other fun toys. Cost of delivering the approximately 111 shoe boxes was funded by money that came from sale of the plat books.
Some general 4-H program supplies, such as lab kits for club projects, also are purchased by the 4-H Council.
After they're printed, the 2009 "Moffat County Plat and Brand Books" will be available for purchase at the Extension Office, Maybell Store and the Craig Chamber of Commerce.