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 2:00 PM in the District Office.
All meetings are open to the public.
NOTE Time Change.
What's Been Happening and What Is To Come?!
WCNRD is planning your Spring 2018 workshops!
If you have any topics that you wish to learn about let us know!
WCNRD TREE SALES START IN NOVEMBER 15th! Order forms will be on the WCNRD website (www.westoncountynrd.org) or available at the office.
Out of county folks, that wish to order trees, should call the office 307-746-3264 ext. 4.
***Species availability changes daily so get your orders in ASAP!!!***
· WCNRD attended the Thunder Basin National Grasslands Prairie Dog meeting on 10/11. Comments are being accepted!
· WCNRD co-hosted the annual Fall hike with the Newcastle Recreation director. There were 3 kids, 8 adults and 2 dogs.
· WCNRD participated in the 9/28 Ag Day in Newcastle and discussed the management of wildlife through trapping and hunting an how it can affect livestock production.
· WCNRD has applied for additional grant funding to continue our forest health and thinning program. Applications are being accepted.
· WCNRD received the bill for the 2017 Hazardous Waste day. For the entire event the cost was $28,543.00. Thank you to all who donated canned goods and funds. We received $530 and 283 canned goods from those who participated! Canned goods were donated to the Newcastle BREAD office and funds were used to pay for the event. Mark your calendars for Hazardous Waste Day 2018 for September (Date TBA).
· MYWASTE App will go live in November! Go to the WCNRD Website for more information!
Last Modified on December 6, 2017
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 2018. Stop by the office or call us for more information!
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA)
NRCS Field Offices are currently accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) program. All signed application on file by November 17, 2017 will be considered for funding in FY 2018.
Wyoming Department of Agriculture’s “Cornerpost” Newsletter
The May 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.
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:
Environmental projects that will provide for stream bank stability, erosion protection, or quality improvements.
NEXT WATERSHED MEETING WILL BE IN FEBRUARY!
Ages 3-5, Ages 6-9, Ages 10-13, Ages 14-18
1 winner from EACH age group will win a Personal Pizza from Pizza Barn!
WCNRD IS ACCEPTING THINNING APPLICATIONS
The Weston County Natural Resource District will receive funding in 2018 for forest health thinning projects. 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. We have a few new things to add to this year.
Options for thinning include: Lop and Scatter, Cut and Pile and Mastication where necessary
It is the responsibility of the landowner to burn the piles.
Stop by the office or give us a call (307-746-3264) 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.