Program Objectives

To provide 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.

Project Examples

  • 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

Funding

  • 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 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.  

Selection Process

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:

  1. Natural resource benefits
  2. An assessment of the applicant’s need for improvement
  3. Cost effectiveness
  4. 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.  

Applying

Applications are closed at this time. Look for more information this fall for applications for 2022


See a few of the projects we have done in the past below