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Weston County Natural Resource District

Weston County Natural Resource District

1225 Washington Blvd. Suite 3

Newcastle, WY 82701

(307)746-3264 ext 4

Weston County Natural Resource District board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 3:00 PM in the District Office.

All meetings are open to the public.

NOTE Time Change.

Items of interest—to people in the Weston County Resource District

· Tree Order forms will be available in the office and here on the WEB site soon.

· Here is a link to a document that will help you planting and taking care of the trees you will be purchasing in 2019: Tree and Shrubs Booklet – 2017 This is a 152 page booklet that will take some time to Download.

· As you know, the WCNRD applies annually for Forest Management funding through a Wyoming State Forestry Grant. The past two years we have received $170,000 annually to assist landowners in forest management. This equates to 578 acres of thinning completed here in Weston County with this funding. We are currently still wrapping up our projects to be completed in the spring of 2019. We did receive notice that due to an extensive fires season here in Wyoming there will not be any grant funds available to apply for until August 2019. This means the WNCRD will not have access to forestry funding until January of 2020. We will be here for all your technical needs as always!

· MYWASTE App is now available! Click Here to access the app and more information about it. The app is available for your smart phone also. If you wish you can copy this URL (https://app.my-waste.mobi/api/plugin/US/WY/Newcastle) to your favorites or bookmarks in your browser to go directly to the recycling app WEB page.

Last Modified on October 16, 2018

For WEB site issues please contact Jim Hurley

Rural Cost Share and Other Funding Opportunities

The Cost-Share program is a matching program in which 50% of project costs, not to exceed $5,000 may be reimbursed by the District. All projects must be pre-approved, by the WCNRD Board BEFORE being implemented and must be inspected upon completion. Structural designs will follow NRCS standards and specifications. See Water Programs page for more information and a link to the Application Form.

**Only one rural cost-share grant may be awarded per cooperator per fiscal year (July 1- June 30)**

CONTACT THE DISTRICT OFFICE: 307-746-3264 ext. 4

NRCS RCPP (FOSTERY) FUNDING

The United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest $1.28 million dollars in conservation in northeastern Wyoming that will continue efforts in forest health and enhancing sage-grouse environments. NRCS is now accepting RCPP applications for Fiscal Year 2019. Stop by the office or call us for more information!

 

 Wyoming Department of Agriculture’s “Cornerpost” Newsletter

Here is a link to Wyoming Department of Agriculture Cornerpost newsletters, we have added a link to their WEB site on the links page under the Some of our Cooperating Entities and Agencies header.

October Newsletter

The October Newsletter is available now. A summary of the items discussed in the newsletter and a link to it are available here on the Newsletter page. Links to older copies of the newsletters are also available on the newsletter page.

In addition to the information in the newsletter, here are some web links to some beneficial sites that I think you might find useful. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to give me a hollar! 

 

Here is a link to the publication “Plants with Altitude” (link to publication WEB Site).

Cooperative Working Group for the Thunder Basin National Grasslands

The US Forest Service has started a Cooperative Working Group for the Thunder Basin National Grasslands. There are representatives from the Forest Service and multiple official representatives of other governments. Representing Weston County we have: County Commissioners: Tony Barton and Marty Ertman, Weston County Weed & Pest: Hale Redding, and Weston County Natural Resource District: Lacey Sloan.   

-Information from these meetings can be found on the: Ruckelshaus-

-Institute website-

 

U.S. Forest Service Announces One-Year Suspension of Black-tailed Prairie Dog Shooting Restrictions on Thunder Basin National Grassland

Beaver Creek Watershed Study Update

My oh my! We have had such a great turn out in landowner interest in the Beaver Creek Watershed Study! So far we have had 3 meetings held here in Newcastle with over 90 attendees total. According to our consultants, Olsson Associates, we have had 89 project ideas submitted from roughly 51 landowners. In having such positive attendance and interest has really helped keep things rolling on this study. THANK YOU!

 

Typical Small water project ideas include:

Stock Ponds

Spring Developments

Solar Platforms

Irrigation Projects

Wells

Wetlands

Environmental projects that will provide for stream bank stability, erosion protection, or quality improvements.

 

Here is link to the Beaver Creek Watershed WEB site.

WCNRD IS ACCEPTING THINNING APPLICATIONS

The Weston County Natural Resource District will not receive funding in 2019 for forest health thinning projects due to the high cost of fire fighting in 2018. WCNRD thinning programs are voluntary and assist landowners both technically and financially. This forestry practice allows your timber to grow without excess competition from surrounding trees. Land Owners can receive up to $400 per acre. Payment is based on tree density. We have a few new things to add to this year.

Options for thinning include: Thinning, Piling and Mastication/Chipping.

It is the responsibility of the landowner to burn the piles.

Stop by the office or give us a call (307-746-3264 ext.111) and chat with our forester Austin or myself! We can get you on the way to a healthier more resilient forest! The application form is available here.