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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

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.

Last Modified on July 21, 2016

For WEB site issues please contact Jim Hurley

Bluebird and bat houses are available for sale through the District Office. The houses are built by the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp and come fully assembled.

To purchase a bluebird or bat house, please contact the District Office.

See page 3 of the February Newsletter for more information.

Thanks to the hard work of our local FFA Chapter and funding through the District we again have free wildlife escape ramps available at the District Office.  These ramps are designed to fit a wide variety of water tanks.

Contact the District Office or stop by to pick up escape ramps for your property.

Fence Markers for Sage Grouse Cost Share Program

Fence markers are used to increase fence visibility for sage grouse and other wildlife. This may result in less potential for collision with wire fencing. For sage grouse specifically collisions are most often seen in areas near strutting grounds, or leks, located on sites with gentle terrain. This is a 50 percent cost share. The district will be making the markers to NRCS specifications. There are also opportunities to work with youth organizations to have the installation performed on your property.

APPLICATION FOR ELECTION

On November 8, 2016, the Weston County Natural Resource District will hold an election for the purpose of electing three (3) supervisor positions for four-year terms. These three positions shall be filled by one rural resident, one urban resident, and one at-large resident that reside within the District. Persons wishing to file for a supervisor position can do so beginning on August 10, 2016 at the District office located at 1225 Washington Boulevard, Suite 3, Newcastle, Wyoming. The deadline for filing an application for the election is August 29, 2016. For more information, call 307-746-3264.

 

2016 Hazardous Waste Collection Day

This year’s Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be August 27th. If you are bringing LARGE amounts of waste please CALL BY AUGUST 12th! Large amounts are considered: business waste, ranch pesticide/oil/herbicides. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call 307-746-3264. You will find acceptable drop off items on the flyer.

Rural Cost Share and Other Funding Opportunities

1)Powder River Energy has a cost share going RIGHT NOW and WILL END SOON for 25% reimbursement on solar purchases through PreCorp. (WCNRD can help you with the process if necessary) Deadline is August 12th! See article here for more information.

2.)WCNRD is accepting RURAL COST SHARE APPLICATIONS! APPLICATIONS ARE DUE OCT. 3, 2016. (*Weston county residents only*) (Application is available here.)

This program is created to help fund projects that make a positive difference on the land. The focus of this program is to implement projects on: range lands that will enhance or implement a grazing system.

Program Goals:

1. Address Natural Resource concerns with in the WCNRD with an emphasis on Private Land but not limited to.

2. Improve Range land health (dependable water, grazing systems, fence,spraying, planting, stock tanks etc.)

 

Levels of Funding:

The Cost-Share program is a matching program in which 50% of project costs, not to exceed $3,000 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.

**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

 

Weston County Fuel Mitigation Program trees

The Fuel Mitigation Program in Weston County has funding available to assist homeowners with reducing the hazardous fuels around their home/property. The program is available to all Weston County property owners living out of town or living in towns. The funding is provided through Wyoming State Forestry and Weston County Fire Protection District from the National Fire Plan’s Western States Wildland Urban Interface Program.

For more information on the fuel mitigation program, you can call the Program Coordinator at 307-629-1173 located in Newcastle.

 

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.

 

July Newsletter

The July 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.

 

NEWSLETTER ALERT!

With the recent budget reductions, the WCNRD will need to verify if you would like to receive the newsletter by email or a hard copy in the mail. Please call 746-3264 or email lacey.gurien@wy.usda.gov with your preference and leave your name and phone number if the answering machine picks up. If we DO NOT hear from you, your name will be removed from our mailing list. Thank you for your understanding.

 

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! 

 

Common Name Tree Guide w/Pictures

 

DIY Suet for Wild Birds or Chickens:

(Grease/Lard recipe)

(Coconut Oil recipe)

 

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

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY SERENITY TRAIL

National trails day is celebrated the 1st Saturday of June every Year

SPONSORED BY:

Weston County Natural Resource District

This year’s event had 32 people show up for the two mile hike