Conservation Cost Share
Updated 2024 Conservation Cost-Share application coming soon!
DEADLINE: Applications are due to the District Office by the first Friday in March each year, to be considered at the March board meeting. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application within two weeks of the board meeting.
This cost share provides incentive for landowners within the Weston County Natural Resource District Boundaries to implement natural resource conservation practices improving water quality and quantity, soil erosion, energy conservation or wildlife habitat. This program is also for those landowners who can’t typically qualify for federal farm bill programs.
- New water development to increase livestock distribution in remote areas
- Spring developments to enhance wildlife and/or improve livestock distribution
- Solar stock pumps to improve reliability of water sources
- Fencing for implementing a rotational grazing system
- Streambank stabilization and restoration practices
- On-farm irrigation water management
- Windbreaks/living snow fences
- Cover crops
- All projects must be pre-approved before being initiated.
- The cost-share is 50% of the total project cost or $5,000, whichever is less.
- The maximum for in-kind labor contributions is 25% based on a labor rate of $15/hour.
- Cover Crop practices will be reimbursed at a flat rate of $30 per acre (this includes any in-kind labor or equipment). Submit seed mix with application.
- Only one rural cost-share grant may be awarded per cooperator per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
- Structural Designs must follow NRCS standards and specifications.
- All projects must be completed within one year of notification of approval.
When reviewing and selecting projects, the Board of Supervisors will determine how well the project meets the responsibilities of the district as outlined in Conservation District Law, Wyoming State Statutes Title 11 Chapter 16. Other criteria that will be used when selecting projects will include:
- Natural resource benefits
- An assessment of the applicant’s need for improvement
- Cost effectiveness
- Board consensus on the benefits of the project
It is the responsibility of the applicant to make the case that the project meets the goals of the program and will benefit our natural resources in Weston County.
See a few of the projects we have done in the past below