Colorado’s Rocky Mountains hold much more than ski resorts and hiking trails. And its fertile prairies help grow more than cattle and corn. Like many western states, Colorado has a rich tradition of natural resource development.The mountain mines tap everything from gold to coal but increasingly the state is also seeing dramatic growth in oil and natural gas production.The northeast quadrant of the state is home to the Denver-Julesberg Basin, a geological formation rich with light crude oil and natural gas. A new combination of horizontal drilling and fracking is unlocking new sources of energy within the DJ Basin and helping small rural towns to build their communities and save for the future. The very same towns that comprise some of the most productive agriculture in the nation.Continuing natural gas production from the Piceance Basin in far western Colorado is doing the same, with much of the production coming from public land.