Forestry and Seedling Trees

Last Modified on January 7, 2020

Forest Land and Urban Forest


Mountain Pine Beetle Sign Up

(A new consent form is available at the link below.)

Are you interested in having your property looked at for possible Mountain Pine Beetles?

Weston County Weed & Pest is now taking consent agreements to look at private property. If

you are interested please fill out a consent agreement at Weston County Weed & Pest, Wyoming State Forestry Division Newcastle, or Weston County Natural Resource District.

The Pine Beetle Access Agreement is available here.


Pine Beetle Information

Here are some links which will take you to valuable information about the Mountain Pine Beetle.

Wyoming State Forestry Division Black Hills Beetle Project

Identification of Mountain Pine Beetle
Pine Beetle Life Cycle
Controlling Mountain Pine Beetle

Weston County Fuel Mitigation Program

Worried about wildfire?  If you own a cabin or home that could be threatened by wildfire you should consider what steps you can take to reduce the threat. You should also make plans for what you'll do if wildfire breaks out in your area and discuss them with your family.


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 Planís 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.


You can find many useful resources that can help you do so by visiting our "Resources - Wildfire" web page  Resources include two new articles on creating defensible space and other steps you can take to give your home or cabin the best chance to survive a wildfire.

Forest damaged by Pine Beetles

Wyoming Tree Farm Program

The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) is a national program for woodland owners who are committed to sustainably managing their woods for wood, water, wildlife and recreation. Each state program is run by a diverse group of partners, such as state agencies, non-profit organizations, volunteers, foresters and landowners. The Wyoming Tree Farm was established in 1989.

The Wyoming Tree Farm organization is good for private landowners because it gives them a lobbying base to help with landowner issues in the nation's capitol. Another benefit is they follow environmentally correct management practices, which allows the wood to be certified. Dick Terry the 2012 Wyoming Tree Farmer of the Year and a Tree Farm inspector believes certified wood will be an added benefit in the area in the next few years, as the larger chain stores require wood to be certified. Here is a link to the programs WEB Site.


It is time to start planning for you 2020 tree plantings. The new tree planting order form is available here.


The form for applying for a community tree grant is available here.


The Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts (WACD) WEB site has several videos that that will assist you in your tree planting activities. Clicking on a title will connect you to the video: Caring for you plantings - Things to consider - What about the Pine Beetle - Things to consider when designing a Windbreak -† Windbreaks - Planting a seedling - History of Living Snow Fences - Benefits of Living Snow Fences - How to plant a bare root seedling


Thinking of planting a tree this year

If so you might want to check out this nifty comprehensive new guide from the Wyoming State Forestry Division.


Wyoming Tree Owner's Manual (Wyoming State Forestry Division, 2.6 MB)


This and other great tree resources can be found on our Resources - Landscaping page under "Trees & Shrubs" (scroll down).


Common Name Tree Guide w/Pictures