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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.


Last Modified on April 26, 2017

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.

Junior Gardeners Sign Up !!!!!!

 (FEBRURY thru MARCH Sign Up) I’m super excited about doing this for the second year in a row! Last year we had 9 kids participate and we will do raised beds this year and purchase produce to plant since we didn’t do so well starting from seed last year but HEY! It was a learning experience! Contact Lacey Sloan Lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov or 307-746-3264 ext 4 to sign up. See the 2017 Workshop Schedule for more information.


2017 WCNRD Workshop Schedule

WCNRD has scheduled nine workshops for this summer starting on February 7th. The full schedule with details for each of the workshops is available here.



2017 Black Hills Natural Resource Youth Camp

Check out the Education and Outreach page for information on the 2017 Black Hills Natural Resource Youth Camp.



Rural Cost Share and Other Funding Opportunities

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)**



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.

January Newsletter

The January 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. The Newsletter has the results of the Supervisor Election on the first page.



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 ext 4 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


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


Thinning Application: Applications are up for approval on a monthly basis. Get your forested lands in tip top shape at NO COST TO THE LANDOWNER! The application is available here.

Seedling Tree Program: The 2017 Seedling Tree Program is just about finished. Trees must be picked up on May 5th between the hours of 7:00 am and 4:00 pm. (NO HOLDS)


Calendar Updates

New activities have been added to the calendar. There are links there for flyers for Arbor Day and the Local Working Group Resource Concerns Meeting. Click here to go to the Calendar Page.

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-

Since the public can attend these meetings but can not participate, should you have comments or concerns please email me a detailed and well written comment so that I can properly convey the interests of you all here in the area.

Next meeting will be April 12th here in Newcastle, Location TBA


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