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									Wyoming’s Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Program

Wyoming Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils PO Box 33124 Casper WY 82602-5011

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INTRODUCTION RC&D Program Fact Sheet ................................................................................ 1 LAND Small Acreage Conservation and Education Outreach Project .......................... 3 Star Valley Weed Management Project ............................................................. 5 Wyoming Highway Support Project.................................................................... 6 Rock Creek Weed Coordinated Resource Manament Project ........................... 7 St. Joseph’s Children’s Home Windbreak and Landscapping Project................ 9 Sage Grouse Conservation Plan...................................................................... 10 Natrona County Wildfire Mitigation Project....................................................... 11

PEOPLE Sublette County Childcare Coalition................................................................. 13 Rock Springs Farmers Market.......................................................................... 14 Youth Hunter-Mentor Pilot Project.................................................................... 15 Big Horn Economic Development .................................................................... 16 Pronhorn Pride Initiative ................................................................................... 17

ENERGY Camelina for Biodisel ....................................................................................... 19 Ethanol Business Enterprise Model ................................................................. 21 Upper North Platte Valley Wood Biomass Opportunities Available for the Encampment Lumber Mill.............................................................................. 23 Woody Biomass Project ................................................................................... 25

WATER Gooseberry Creek Watershed Enhancement Project ...................................... 26 Central Wyoming Fairgrounds Animal Waste Mangement Project................... 27 Feraud Reservoir Restoration Project for Livestock and Wildlife...................... 29 Town of Dubois Vountary Remediation Program Project ................................. 30 Powell-Clarks Fork Conservation District Water Quality Technical Assistance Project near Line Creek ............................................................................... 31

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Program Wyoming Association of RC&D Councils

Wyoming Resource Conservation & Development Program
Locations:
Big Horn Basin Wyoming RC&D Area: Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties Historic Trails RC&D Area: Carbon and Natrona counties Northeastern Wyoming RC&D Area: Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Niobrara, Sheridan & Weston counties Southeastern Wyoming RC&D Area: Albany, Converse, Goshen, Laramie and Platte counties Western Wyoming RC&D Area: Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton and Uinta counties

Program Key Points: • The purpose of the Resource Conservation and Development Program (RC&D) is to encourage and improve the capability of volunteer community leaders working in designated RC&D areas to plan and carry out projects for resource conservation and community development • The RC&D Program was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. • RC&D priorities are set by local area residents to meet their needs. • RC&D councils and their sponsors work with local, State, and Federal government entities as well as non-profit organizations to develop and implement local RC&D Area Plans. • Technical assistance is available to RC&D areas for planning and implementing Council-approved projects. • Program objectives focus on “quality of life” improvements achieved through natural resources conservation and community development. • The RC&D Program assists to pull together people, communities, Native American Tribes, and grassroots groups that unite in shared purpose and pool resources to get work done. Program Vision: The RC&D Program is unique in that it supports balance between helping people protect and develop their natural, social and economic resources while improving their area’s economy, environment and quality of life. The balance begins by partnering an RC&D Coordinator from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) with a local RC&D Council. The RC&D council consists of public and private sector sponsors and local organizations that represent a diverse cross section of community interests. Sponsors include county and city governments, conservation districts, economic districts, Tribal governments, and interested private organizations in the local area.
Each RC&D group is as different as the communities, conservation districts and individuals that they serve. This grassroots involvement is highly valuable in shaping decision making at the local level. The Council, with public involvement, identifies community concerns, establishes goals and objectives, develops strategies and implements their annual work plan through guidance specified in the Council’s five-year Area Plan.
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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Program Wyoming Association of RC&D Councils

Wyoming Resource Conservation & Development Program
Program Mission: The RC&D Program is the only federal program that, by statute, bridges natural resource conservation and local economic development and social well being. It is a technical assistance program that may include grant funding research for projects. Funds appropriated to NRCS by Congress provide for technical assistance in the form of a USDA-NRCS RC&D coordinator to the council. Coordinators work closely with councils to develop and implement their strategic five-year Area Plans. The role of the coordinator is to act as a team coach, facilitator, partnership liaison, and technical consultant to assist the council in its activities. The coordinator is a vital link between USDANRCS and the RC&D council and its other partners. The goal is an empowered council that has the capacity to build effective public-private partnerships that result in strong rural community leadership and accomplishments. The NRCS provides program assistance functions for the RC&D Councils. Every five years, each RC&D Council establishes an Area Plan. The Area Plan provides direction, including meeting the needs of the local communities, conservation districts, and sponsors. Each RC&D Council has a project submission and approval process which includes measuring the proposed project against the Area Plan. Upon approval of a project by the RC&D Council board, the main role of the RC&D Coordinator is to assist the Council in creating a project plan and carrying out the project plan for successful implementation and completion. Program Benefits: 2006 RC&D Accomplishments ► 12 businesses created in the rural communities of Wyoming through the RC&D Program. ► 1,500 acres of habitat affected from RC&D Wildlife projects. ► 8 Plans for Watershed or Area-Wide Conservation developed through the RC&D Program. ► 184 jobs created in rural Wyoming communities through the RC&D Program. ► 4,793,511 acres treated or affected through Watershed or Area-Wide Conservation Plans developed through the RC&D Program. ► 6 summer interns hired through the Student Conservation Association to work on Wyoming RC&D projects. ► Youth Hunter/Mentor Pilot Project Wyoming RC&D Projects ► Wildfire Education and Outreach project. ► Star Valley Weed Management ► Wyoming Highway Support project ► Rock Creek Weed CRM ► Small Acreage Education & Outreach Workshops ► Central Wyoming Fairground Animal Waste Management ► Sublette County Childcare Coalition ► Rock Springs Farmers Market ► Woody Biomass Diversification Study ► Gooseberry Creek Watershed Enhancement ► Ethanol Business Enterprise Model ► Feraud Reservoir Restoration Project for ► Powell-Clarks Fork Conservation District Water Livestock and Wildlife Quality Technical Assistance ► Town of Dubois Voluntary Remediation Pro► Bighorn Economic Development gram Contact Information:
Big Horn Basin Wyoming RC&D Area: Eric Decker, 307-347-3946, eric.decker@wy.usda.gov Historic Trails RC&D Area: Shelly Anderson, 307-261-5401, shelly.anderson@wy.usda.gov Northeastern Wyoming RC&D Area: Aaron Waller, 307-684-2590, aaron.waller@wy.usda.gov Southeastern Wyoming RC&D Area: Grant Stumbough, 307-322-2187, grant.stumbough@wy.usda.gov Western Wyoming RC&D Area: Maureen Meagher, 307-886-9412, maureen.meagher@wy.usda.gov 2

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Small Acreage Conservation and Education Outreach Project
Location: Statewide - Wyoming
Project Information: Wyoming and the Western United States in general are undergoing a very rapid shift in land use. Thousands of acres of former ranch, farm or wildlands are being subdivided into small acreage parcels. As this occurs, the number of small acreage landowners is growing. In order to meet the educational needs of these landowners a collaborative, multi-pronged approach to land management education is needed. Recognizing this need the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in a close partnership with the Historic Trails Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (CES), Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, Wyoming State Forestry Division, Audubon Wyoming and others joined forces as the Small Acreage Issue Team (SAIT) to create the Small Acreage Conservation Education and Outreach Project. The mission of this project is to provide Wyoming landowners with the information they need in order to manage their land. The team strives to help landowners maintain or improve the quality of life in Wyoming by raising healthier crops, lawns, and animals, and protect their natural resources such as water, soil and plants. This project is an excellent example of the NRCS Strategic Plan melding with the Historic Trails RC&D Area plan; while incorporating an array of key local partners which is essential to the overwhelming success this project has generated over the past two years. In this short timeframe this project has blossomed from a pilot project in localized key areas of the state to having an impact on communities, partners and individual landowners across the state. Most recently inquiries have come from partners in the adjacent states of Colorado and Montana to learn more about our coordinated approach and method for project delivery as they begin to consider addressing the rapidly developing needs in this area in their own states. Working in cooperation with landowners this project includes a series of activities: project interns conducting door-to-door visits with landowners in pilot areas of the state, surveys of landowner needs, publication of the Barnyards & Backyards magazine, and informational workshops. Magazine: Barnyards & Backyards is a quarterly informational magazine that contains articles written by natural resource experts on topics such as feeding or grazing animals, maintaining pastures, landscaping, irrigation, drinking water quality, weed control, and septic system maintenance. Each issue also features landowners who practice good land management. They discuss the challenges they have faced as landowners in Wyoming and the strategies they used to overcome those challenges. Workshops: Another aspect of this project is informational workshops in pilot areas. These workshops provide an opportunity for landowners to get together and talk about the challenges they have encountered and to attend expert-led sessions to learn about different topics regarding land management. Feedback gained from these workshops will help the project team improve future programming efforts. During 2006 the workshops were coordinated and facilitated by the project interns. It was determined that the time and commitment the interns have to dedicate to the workshops was a critical reason for the overwhelming success of each workshop. The average attendance for a full day workshop was 42 participants. The SAIT is working on selecting interns to assist with organizing workshops for 2007. Continued ...
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Small Acreage Conservation and Education Outreach Project
Newsletters: Another vital role the interns served was the creation, publication and distribution of newsletters; the June, 2006 and August, 2006 issues of the Small Acre News and the Summer/Fall 2006 edition of the Forest Stewardship Association’s Natrona County Mountain News. The first issue of the Small Acre News focused on introducing people to the Small Acreage Project and providing information regarding what the interns would be doing throughout the summer. The newsletter invited readers to contact the interns about workshops and landowner visits. The second issue promoted the Barnyards & Backyards magazine and encouraged subscriptions. There was an article on the workshops and landowner visits that the interns had assisted with throughout the summer. The second page of the newsletter focused on how it is important to live responsibly when living in an impaired watershed. The article written by Liz LeSatz explained what a watershed is and why they’re important to protect. The Summer/Fall 2006 edition of the Natrona County Mountain News was put out by the Natrona County Wildfire Mitigation Project overseen by Melissa, Jodi, Liz, Caroline, Jason Summer 2006 Interns the Wyoming State Forestry Division with the assistance of the summer interns. Melissa Hemken authored an article on the Small Acreage project for this publication. The interns also assisted with the mass mailing of these newsletters. Surveys: In order to better understand landowners and serve their educational needs door-todoor surveys and a large mail survey effort of Wyoming landowners was conducted in fall of 2006. The project also plans to survey natural resource advisors (Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Conservation Districts) in Wyoming. The data from these surveys will lead to a better understanding of small acreage landowners and help us create targeted, informative, effective outreach efforts.

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Project Partners: Natural Resources Conservation Service • Non-Point Source Task Force Historic Trails Resource Conservation and • Wyoming Department of Environmental Development Council Quality University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency • Wyoming State Forestry Division Service Wyoming Conservation Districts • Audubon Wyoming Wyoming Private Grazing Lands Team • The Student Conservation Association
For more information, contact: Jennifer Jones, Project Coordinator Cooperative Extension Service Dept 3354, Room 127b 1000 E University Ave Laramie WY 82071-2000 307-766-3549 jsjones@uwyo.edu Shelly Anderson, Area Coordinator Historic Trails RC&D, USDA-NRCS 5880 Enterprise, Ste 100 Casper WY 82609-4295 307-261-5401 shelly.anderson@wy.usda.gov 4

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Star Valley Weed Management Project
Location: Lincoln County, Wyoming Project Sponsor: Star Valley Conservation District
an inventory of noxious weeds along roads/motorized trails and in camping areas along the Greys River and along the Star Valley Front. • Develop materials to facilitate the public's role as well as the agency staff's role in the early detection and rapid response program.

Project Information: The spread of noxious weeds has been identified as one of four major threats to national forest Summer Student Intern from the Student lands by the Chief of the USDA Forest Service. Noxious Conservation Association (SCA) weed infestations occur on many of the Greys River Ranger District's roads and motorized trails and on Forest Service and private lands along the boundary between the Greys River Ranger District and private lands (Star Valley Front). There is a very real potential for major increases in the spread and density of noxious weeds if control efforts were to be relaxed. Noxious weed infestations within the Greys River Ranger District could potentially spread onto adjoining private lands and visa versa. The Lincoln County Weed and Pest District, Highlands Cooperative Weed Management Area, Star Valley Conservation District, USDA Forest Service, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service are working together to combat weeds along the Star Valley Front and interior of the Greys River Ranger District. Besides on-the-ground weed control activities, effective management and control of weeds requires (1) education of agency personnel, private landowners, and the general public; and (2) an accurate inventory of the distribution of noxious weed infestations. Project Strategy: The student intern worked closely with the Lincoln County Weed and Pest District and
Greys River Ranger District and Star Valley Conservation District to: • Consolidate all relevant spatial data into ArcMap. • Locate known weed infestations based on notes and hard copies of maps, delineate the boundaries of each weed infestation or group of infestations, and record pertinent characteristics of the infestation (e.g., weed species, density), using ArcMap. • Investigate reports by the public and agency personnel about locations of weed infestations (through early detection and rapid response program), GPS boundaries of infestations, and the information to the database and report locations to weed crew leader.

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Intern mapped 50 miles of roads and trails for noxious weeds infestation in the Grey’s River National Forest District. Intern mapped/created/ digitized noxious weed growth in the Grey’s River National Forest along trails and roads. This was to assess type and amount of noxious weeds.

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Lincoln County Weed & Pest District USDA Forest Service-Greys River Ranger District Star Valley Conservation District Student Conservation Association, Inc. Western Wyoming RC&D Council Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wyoming Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife

For more information, contact: Brenda Ashworth, District Manager Star Valley Conservation District 625 S Washington St / PO Box 1606 Afton WY 83110-1606 307-886-9001 brenda.ashworth@wy.nacd.net Maureen Meagher, Area Coordinator Western Wyoming RC&D, USDA-NRCS 625 S Washington St / PO Box 1761 Afton WY 83110-1761 307-886-9412 maureen.meagher@wy.usda.gov 5

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Wyoming Highway Support Project
Project Sponsor: Wyoming Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils Project Goals: • Provide information and promote awareness to the public, community leaders and legislators on the dire need to upgrade Wyoming’s highway infrastructure to improve public safety & help facilitate economic growth throughout Wyoming
• Develop a Highway Support Coalition that has the vision and influence

to significantly increase Wyoming legislative appropriations to the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WY DOT) for priority highway projects such as multilane construction (priority two lane highways to four lane), upgrading Interstate 25 and Interstate 80, and other priority highway projects as determined by WY DOT.

Project Information: In February 2005 the Big Horn Basin RC&D Council approved a formal project to partner with WY DOT, the four other RC&D Councils in Wyoming, as well as other highway support organizations for the purpose to educate the public, community officials and state legislators on the need to accelerate the improvement of Wyoming’s highway infrastructure. The Big Horn Basin RC&D Council distributed hundreds of WY DOT brochures throughout the state and gave presentations to the WY DOT Management Team, Wyoming Transportation Commission, the Wyoming Association of RC&D Councils, Wyoming Contractor’s Association, Petroleum Association of Wyoming, Wyoming Trucker’s Association and other organizations. By January 2006 the Wyoming Highway Support Project was formally approved by all five of the Wyoming RC&D Councils to become Wyoming’s first statewide RC&D Council project. On Feb. 12, 2006 the Wyoming Association of RC&D Councils & the Wyoming Contractor’s Association partnered to pay for a high-profile highway support display advertisement in a Sunday edition of the Wyoming Casper-Star Tribune newspaper – just before the start of the 2006 Wyoming State Legislature. The 2006 Wyoming State Legislature appropriated $75 million to WY DOT for priority highway projects (an amount never before approved by the Legislature). The Wyoming Association of RC&D Councils plans to expand the Highway Support Coalition to continue working towards additional and even larger appropriations for WY DOT’s use on Wyoming’s Highway 20, Wind River Canyon, Wyoming aging highway infrastructure. Participating Agencies and Organizations: For more information, contact:
Eric Decker, Area Coordinator Big Horn Basin RC&D, USDA-NRCS 208 Shiloh Rd Worland WY 82401-8729 307-347-3946 eric.decker@wy.usda.gov
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Wyoming Association of RC&D Councils Wyoming Contractor’s Association Wyoming Department of Transportation Wyoming Transportation Commission Wyoming Trucker’s Association Wyoming Legislative Joint Transportation and Highways Interim Committee

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Rock Creek Weed Coordinated Resource Management (CRM) Project
Noxious and Invasive Weed Control
Location: Rock Creek, Arlington/McFadden Wyoming
• Map and inventory weed infestations • Coordinate between contract grazers, chemical applicators,

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agency personnel, and landowners to improve communication. Locate & install new monitoring transects and read existing transects. Observe and record interactions between wildlife, noxious weeds, and management practices. Some mechanical control of noxious weeds, possibly some chemical control with unrestricted pesticides under special circumstances. Assist in planning and hosting the annual Rock Creek Weed CRM education day. Create an environment conducive to free exchange of ideas between interns and CRM participants to enhance knowledge

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Spotted Knapweed Control Efforts

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In 2001, the Rock Creek Weed CRM was formed from five landowners, the Medicine Bow Conservation District, Carbon County Weed and Pest, and the Bureau of Land Management. These people came together to fight the spread of Spotted Knapweed, a relatively new weed to the area that is thought to have arrived via an overturned load of infected hay on Interstate 80. Everyone involved in the CRM is dedicated to the basic concept that weed management is a combination of biological, mechanical, and chemical control. The goal of the CRM is to ensure the sustainability of working operations and maintain or improve land health for landowner’s, wildlife, and recreation. Rock Creek Weed CRM devotes a large amount of time to education. They use meeting time to lay strategies for each season’s weed control efforts as well as a forum for exchange of new ideas and analysis of proven weed control techniques. This ongoing information exchange reaches its climax with the annual Education Day. This event is designed to spread new Target Species knowledge and display the effectiveness of new techniques to as many people as possible. In the past the Education Black henbane Leafy Spurge Day has attracted state legislators, United States Fish and Whitetop (Hoary cress) Musk Thistle Canada Thistle Poison Hemlock Wildlife Service personnel, Natural Resources Conservation Common Burdock Russian Knapweed Services personnel, University of Wyoming faculty and stuDiffuse Knapweed Spotted Knapweed dents, an FFA chapter from nearby Rock River School as Houndstongue well as several local, and not so local, landowners.

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Project Partners:
• Historic Trails Resource Conservation & Development Council • Rock Creek Weed Coordinated Resource Management Area • USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service • Medicine Bow Conservation District • The Student Conservation Association • Carbon County Weed and Pest

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Dunmire Ranch Romsa Family Gerald & Maxine LeBeau Sims Cattle Company Page Cattle Company

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OOO Ranch Lonesome Fox Corporation Bureau of Land Management Carbon County Weed & Pest Wheatland Irrigation District

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Wyoming Game & Fish Alligare, LLC UAP Timberland, LLC DuPont Crop Protection Wind River See Continued ...

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Rock Creek Weed Coordinated Resource Management (CRM) Project
Noxious and Invasive Weed Control
Project Needs: Rock Creek Weed CRM has recognized that landowner’s simply do not have the time required to collect the data necessary for highly effective weed control. RC&D Interns provided the daily on the ground work to collect data, along with providing knowledge to landowners that can only be gained by being in the field every day. Interns used this same knowledge to more effectively coordinate with contractors.
Interns assisted with planning and hosting the annual education day. Interns were also responsible for tour planning, brochure design, and information dispersal. Interns were provided with all equipment available to Rock Creek Weed CRM to properly perform the activities requested of them. These included GPS units, computer access, a digital camera, and weed identification handbooks. The CRM tried to make ATV’s and cell phone’s available, but these were not guaranteed items. Interns spent time interacting with landowner’s, agency personnel, and contractors, as well as a lot of time on their own in the field. Interns were supervised by the Medicine Bow Conservation District Manager, Historic Trails RC&D Council member, and Rock Creek Weed CRM, but were expected to become fairly self reliable as the project advanced.

Project Strategy: The effectiveness of noxious weed control can only be analyzed by measuring and recording weed density and distribution over several years. In the past Rock Creek Weed CRM had utilized photo points and monitoring transects to determine the effectiveness of the tools applied. While this data is invaluable and will continue to be collected, the CRM has recognized a need for more comprehensive data. Because of the amount of time required to collect this data, one intern was hired to locate and map weed infestations within the CRM. Infestations were marked using GPS units, then transferred to ArcGIS to create maps available to CRM cooperators. These maps are crucial to identifying and treating problem or trigger sites as soon as possible and in creating weed control strategies for the future.
Contracted goats grazed the CRM lands starting the end of June and was followed by spraying until the season was over or the work was done. While this is an ideal time to treat weed infestations, it is also a busy time of year for landowners, making effective communication between landowners and contractors challenging. Because the intern was already familiar with problem areas and the Rock Creek Weed CRM strategy, A coordinated effort to address the she was responsible for coordinating with contractors to ever increasing invasive plant efficiently use the resources provided. Effective communispecies predicament cation was critical to effective noxious weed control.

Project Accomplishments:
• 7,923 acres were mapped • 308 acres have been re-vegetated • Six miles of Rock Creek have been treated • 340 weed infested acres were grazed by goats • An extensive Migratory Bird Survey has been conducted • Project has included Biological control using bugs

With the overwhelming success this past season, we plan to continue and expand the project in 2007!

For more information, contact: Todd Heward , District Manager Medicine Bow Conservation District 510 Utah St, PO Box 6 Medicine Bow WY 82329-0006 307-379-2221 mbcd@carbonpower.net

Contact information and Presenter: Shelly Anderson, Area Coordinator Historic Trails RC&D, USDA-NRCS 5880 Enterprise, Ste 100 Casper WY 82609-4295 307-261-5401 shelly.anderson@wy.usda.gov

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St. Joseph Children’s Home Windbreak and Landscaping
Location: Torrington, Wyoming Project Goal: Improve aesthetics and reduce noise associated with the sixty plus trains that pass within one hundred yards of the children’s home everyday. Project Objective: Develop partnerships that would contribute to the development of a noise barrier on the north side of the children’s home and would assist with the planting of larger trees within the area of new construction. Project Information: The St. Joseph Children’s Home is home and school to approximately one hundred youths from ages eight to eighteen. Many of these children have suffered from neglect and abuse. The home is located on the west side of Torrington, adjacent to Highway 26; which is a main thorough-fare from the Nebraska state line to Interstate 25 that is located fifty miles west of Torrington. In addition, the Burlington Northern/Sante Fe Railroad passes within one hundred yards of the home, with an average of sixty trains passing each day. Project Accomplishments: A multi-row wind break was planted on the north and east side of the children’s home. The home is providing water for a drip trickle irrigation system designed by Adam Walter of the Platte Valley Conservation District. More than one hundred large trees (six foot tall) were planted by volunteers and staff from the children’s home. A grant, obtained through the Wyoming Forest Service, provided funding for the trees.

Multi-row windbreak planted on the north and east sides of the St. Joseph Children’s Home

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Project Partners: St. Joseph Children’s Home • Wyoming Forest Service North Platte Valley Conservation Districts • Southeastern Wyoming RC&D Council

For more information, contact: Nancy Borton, District Manager North Platte Valley Conservation District 1441 East M Street, Suite B Torrington WY 82240-3512 307-532-4880 nancy.borton@wy.nacdnet.net Grant Stumbough, Area Coordinator Southeastern Wyoming RC&D, USDA-NRCS 1502 Progress Court Wheatland WY 82201-9221 307-322-2187 grant.stumbough@wy.usda.gov 9

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Location: Northeastern Wyoming Project Information:

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Program

Sage Grouse Conservation Plan
Sage Grouse are found throughout the sagebrush grassland habitats of Northeast Wyoming. Occupied habitat is fairly contiguous east of the Bighorn Mountains to the Black Hills and the Wyoming-Nebraska state line with the exception of woodland and agricultural lands. Sagebrush grassland habitat in northeast Wyoming generally has lower densities of sagebrush and is less continuous than areas of Wyoming that support greater numbers of Sage Grouse. Sagebrush habitat is essential for Sage Grouse survival. Suitable habitat consists of plant communities dominated by sagebrush and a diverse native grass and forb understory. The composition of shrubs, grasses and forbs varies with the subspecies of sagebrush, the condition of the habitat at any given location, and range site potential. Seasonal habitats must occur in a patchwork or mosaic across the landscape. Quantity as well as quality of the sagebrush environment are what determine suitability for and productivity of Sage Grouse. The Northeast Wyoming Sage Grouse Working Group was established in March 2004 to include thirteen members which represent agencies, industry, agriculture and wildlife stakeholders. A conservation planning process was started to identify strategies and commitments for the purpose of improving Sage Grouse numbers and thus precluding the need for listing under the Endangered Species Act. In 2005, the RC&D Council began assisting the Working Group with strategic planning and technical writing expertise. The result was a Sage Grouse Conservation plan published in July 2006. The RC&D helped the Working Group identify oil, gas, and coalbed natural gas (CBNG) development, vegetation management and invasive plants as the key factors that influenced Sage Grouse populations. Addressing these factors will provide the greatest benefit for Sage Grouse conservation in northeast Wyoming. This plan prioritizes areas which support high densities of Sage Grouse during the breeding season and recognizes that ongoing research will enhance strategic tools. The conservation and enhancement of the best habitat in the working group area is important to enable populations to expand.

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Project Partners: Wyoming Game and Fish Department Local Landowners Oil and Gas Industry Coal Industry Conservation Districts Local Government Bureau of Land Management U.S. Forest Service Natural Resources Conservation Service Northeastern Wyoming RC&D

For more information, conAaron Waller, Area Coordinator Northeastern Wyoming RC&D, USDA-NRCS 621 W Fetterman St Buffalo WY 82834-2342 307-684-2590 aaron.waller@wy.usda.gov

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Natrona County Wildfire Mitigation Project
Location: Natrona County, Wyoming 5 Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Communities: South Bighorns, Rattlesnakes, Alcova, Goose Egg and Casper Mountain. Project Goals: • Increase awareness and educate local communities about defensible space and wildfire dangers. • Educate communities and homeowners about utilization of FIREWISE concepts to reduce home and structure loss from wildfire. • Conduct wildfire mitigation home evaluations and provide recommendations to wildland-urban interface homeowners regarding defensible space. • Assist with fire prevention projects deemed high priority by agency partners. • Collect GPS data and design GIS maps that will serve as useful information for agency partners including WUI home locations and mitigation status, fuels modeling and wildfire hazard assessment mapping.

FIREWISE Demonstration Area, Casper Mountain, Wyoming

Background: The Intermountain West experiences an increased loss of homes, structures and property due to catastrophic wildfire each year, yet more communities and homes are being developed in the wildland-urban interface. Communities are often developed adjacent to dry, unmanaged forested watersheds and natural resource lands, which increases the potential for catastrophic fire. Homes, structures, and private lands often sustain fuel loads that are as hazardous as the existing natural timber and brush fuels. The absence of defensible space around structures increases the probability of loss to many structures. As a result of the growing wildland-urban interface and the wildfire threat wildland firefighting agencies employ excessive amounts of time, money, and personnel to protect private structures and the adjacent natural resources. This limits the resources that fire agencies can employ to directly attack the fire.
As a result of increased loss of homes and structures due to wildfire in the western United States during 1999 and 2000, Congress adopted the National Fire Plan. This plan emphasized the need for community assistance in the wildland urban interface. The Natrona County Wildfire Mitigation Committee, established in 1999, identified 5 WUI communities and provided goals, objectives and issues for protecting property, lives, and natural resources in Natrona County. In 2004 the Committee developed a Community Wildfire Protection Plan to review past wildfire mitigation projects and continue to obtain future NFP grants.

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Project Partners: Natrona County Wildfire Mitigation Committee, consisting of: ° Local and Federal fire agencies ° The City of Casper ° Natrona County ° The Casper Mountain Forest Stewardship Association Wyoming State Forestry Division Historic Trails Resource Conservation & Development Council USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service Natrona County Conservation District The Student Conservation Association

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Natrona County Wildfire Mitigation Project
Project Strategy: The most important goal of the Natrona County Wildfire Mitigation Project is to increase wildfire awareness, educate landowners about FIREWISE practices and encourage landowner participation. An area was created on Casper Mountain to aid in the dissemination of FIREWISE information. Two large signs, placed in a highly visible area, highlight FIREWISE concepts. Landowners who completed a Defensible Space project were asked to be demo areas for other homeowners considering a Defensible Space project. The project has developed FIREWISE material for distribution to homeowners and homebuilders. Booklets detailing FIREWISE concepts were mailed to homeowners in WUI communities. A quarterly newsletter is distributed to increase awareness of cost share programs available and important forest health and mitigation issues. An interpretive sign trail was developed on Casper Mountain to educate the public on forest management concepts. By increasing awareness, the project aims to increase the number of Defensible Space and Fuels Reduction projects completed in Natrona County WUI areas. Hazard assessments of homes are completed and analyzed using computer programs. The results of these assessments are sent to each landowner encouraging that individual homeowner to complete Defensible Space and Fuels Reduction projects which increases the survivability of their structure in the event of a wildfire. Various fuels reduction and treatment projects are also identified with Wyoming State Forestry Division providing assistance. The control of Mountain Pine Beetle spread and other forest health concerns remain a high priority. Encouraging landowner involvement in projects aimed to improve forest health is achieved through newsletters, technical assistance and cost share programs. Project Accomplishments:
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Quarterly newsletter distributed to 1,200 landowners 100 Mitigation/Defensible Space plans completed in Natrona County Over 850 hazard assessments of cabins & homes completed 850 Homeowner booklets distributed Over 5,000 Mountain Pine Beetle infested trees treated 12 water storage tanks for firefighting purposes totaling 79,000 gallons placed on Casper Mountain 5 miles of road improvements to decrease fire response time 5 miles and 426 acres of fuel break development
Contact information and Presenter: Shelly Anderson, Area Coordinator Historic Trails RC&D, USDA-NRCS 5880 Enterprise, Ste 100 Casper WY 82609-4295 307-261-5401 shelly.anderson@wy.usda.gov

For more information, contact: Sam Weaver, Project Coordinator Natrona County Wildfire Mitigation District 2020 Fairgrounds Rd, Suite 203 Casper WY 82604-2900 307-234-6116 bander2@bresnan.net

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Sublette County Childcare Coalition
Location: Sublette County, Wyoming Project Sponsor: Town of Pinedale, Wyoming
• Provide technical and financial assistance to new child care providers. • Provide financial assistance to existing facilities for expansion and to improve quality of care.

Sources of Funding for Project:
• Sublette County Commissioners • Wyoming Community Foundation • Sublette BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education Services)

Project Description: A partnership between the Western
Wyoming Resource Conservation & Development Council and Sublette County Childcare Coalition (SCCC) was formed in June 2006 to address childcare issues in Sublette County. About a year and a half ago, an oversight committee was assigned by Sublette County Commissioners to look at the impacts of increased oil and gas production in Sublette County. The committee consisted of county officials, mainly Grant Acceptance from the from the social services and infrastructure sectors. The issue Wyoming Community Foundation of childcare was a re-occurring theme. The committee recommended a Childcare Coalition be formed to take a hard look at the issue and offer solutions to the childcare challenges in the county. The Sublette County Childcare Coalition was formed in February 2006 by county residents involved in providing childcare in the county, parents, and community members interested in children’s welfare. The strategy of this project will be to provide incentives to new and existing childcare providers to become licensed in infant/toddler and pre-school childcare. The licensing will encompass education as well as home improvement/equipment.

Project Accomplishments: Promote and support quality and affordable child care for all children in
Sublette County. The Sublette County Childcare Coalition (SCCC) applied for and received a $79,500 grant from BOCES for the development and implementation of an after school program. SCCC applied for and received a $59,500 grant from the Sublette County Commissioner’s for office supplies, advertising, training, lap top/printer, program enrichment, and grants for infant/toddler providers. The grants will be $3,000 per infant/toddler to assist with offsetting the cost of their care. An average cost of infant/toddler care is $9,000/year. Parents currently pay and have the ability to pay $6,000. The grant will be managed by the Western Wyoming RC&D for SCCC. Western Wyoming RC&D Council assisted SCCC in making application for a $12,500 grant from the Wyoming Community Foundation. This grant was receive and will be used to address the infant/toddler and pre-school age challenges facing Sublette County. For Project Sponsor information, contact: Dawn Mitchell, Chairperson Sublette County Childcare Coalition PO Box 448 Pinedale, WY 82941-0448 307-367-2884 dmitchell21@centurytel.net For RC&D information, contact: Maureen Meagher, Area Coordinator Western Wyoming RC&D, USDA - NRCS 625 S Washington / PO Box 1761 Afton, WY 83110-1761 307-886-9412 maureen.meagher@wy.usda.gov

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Sublette BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education Services) Sublette County Prevention Assistance Sublette County Public Health The Learning Center Pinedale Preschool The Discovery Center Sublette County Commission Sublette County School Districts No’s 1 & 9 Sublette County Conservation District Wyoming Community Foundation Sublette Group for Community Initiative Western Wyoming RC&D Council 13

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Location: Rock Springs, Wyoming

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Rock Springs Farmers Market
Project Goal: • Increase the number of people from in and around Rock Springs to the downtown district. • Provide a location to serve for as a social gathering place. Project Information: A partnership between Wyoming Business Council, Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce, City of Rock Springs, Rock Springs Historical Society, Museum Urban Renewal Agency, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism and the Western Wyoming RC&D Council was formed to develop and implement the Rock Springs Farmers’ Market. This was the first annual Farmers’ Market in Rock Springs, with the market being held each Thursday from 4:00pm - 8:00pm in Bank Court located in downtown Rock Springs. Vendors had the opportunity to sell homegrown as well as homemade items. Venders were provided a 10 foot by 10 foot booth space free of charge. Sources of Funding for the Project: Wyoming Business Council, Rock Springs Historical Society, Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce, and the Western Wyoming RC&D Council. Project Accomplishments: The market began the first week of July and ran through the second week in September, for duration of 11 weeks. Weekly numbers of vendors varied by the week however the lowest number was 14 to a high of 38 vendors. This was an average of 25 vendors per week. There were a total of 70 different vendors participating over the duration of the Farmers’ Market season. The Farmers’ Market Committee is extremely pleased with the number of vendors who participated and the variety of items sold at the market, as well as with the high level of community support shown for the Farmers’ Market. For Project information, contact: Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce 1897 Dewar Dr PO Box 398 Rock Springs, WY 82902-0398 800-463-8637 Ph: 307-362-3771 Fx: 307-362-3838 rschamber@sweetwaterhsa.com For RC&D information, contact: Maureen Meagher, Area Coordinator Western Wyoming RC&D, USDA - NRCS 625 S Washington / PO Box 1761 Afton, WY 83110-1761 307-886-9412 maureen.meagher@wy.usda.gov

Project Partners:
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Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce Wyoming Business Council City of Rock Springs Rock Springs Historical Society Museum Urban Renewal Agency Sweetwater Travel & Tourism Western Wyoming RC&D Council

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Youth Hunter-Mentor Pilot Project
Location: The Paintrock Ranch, in Western Wyoming (FY 2005) For FY2006 could be within any RC&D Council area. Project Sponsor: Big Horn Basin RC&D Council, Wyoming. Potential Project Sponsor: Any State RC&D Council and partners. Project Goals: • Increase the number of youths involved in conservation efforts. • Partner with ranch owners, ranch managers, Game and Fish Department staff, Conservation Districts, youth hunters and adult mentors to promote conservation projects and hunting opportunities for youth on private lands. Project Information: The Coordinator for the Big Horn Basin RC&D Council volunteered to be a mentor for a Hispanic youth hunter for the 2005 Paintrock Ranch hunter-mentor program. Only three youth hunters and three adult mentors took advantage of the opportunity to participate in the 2005 program sponsored by the Paintrock Ranch. The 2005 program consisted of a summer and fall schedule of activities and events that culminates in a cow elk hunt for the youth hunters on the ranch (supervised by the mentors and ranch personnel). Activities included firearm and hunting safety, becoming proficient with a hunting rifle on the rifle range, learning the habitat Youth hunters and mentors working on the fence requirements of deer and elk, scouting for elk and project to facilitate the movement of elk on the other wildlife, a campout on the ranch, performing a Paintrock Ranch in Big Horn County, Wyoming project that benefits wildlife and the hunt itself. In 2005 the wildlife project was adding a top wooden rail to approximately 1000 feet of fence to facilitate the movement of elk on the ranch from bedding to feeding grounds (and vice-versa). The ranch owners provided the fencing materials and the youth hunters and mentors provided the labor. This project could be applied to many areas in the West - providing private land hunting opportunities for youth hunters with mentors (for any number of species) - while providing valuable youth conservation education and implementaProud of a job well done! tion of a wildlife enhancement project.

Potential Project Partners:
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Conservation Districts and RC&D Councils State Game and Fish Departments

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Local hunting and conservation organizations Ranch owners and managers

For additional information on Eric Decker, Area Coordinator this potential project, contact: Big Horn Basin RC&D, USDA-NRCS 208 Shiloh Rd Worland WY 82401-8729 307-347-3946 eric.decker@wy.usda.gov

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Location: North-central Wyoming

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Big Horn Economic Development
Project Information: The Big Horn Mountain Country Coalition area, North-central Wyoming, is comprised of Big Horn, Johnson, Sheridan and Washakie Counties, and is designated as an Economic Development District under the provisions of Title IV of the Public Works & Economic Development Act of 1965. Economic Development Districts offers financial assistance to local units of government for communities that have experienced severe economic distress such as high unemployment or underemployment, preponderant low incomes, and/or sudden economic changes. Districts help such communities increase their economic development capacities so that they can take advantage of existing resources and development opportunities. The grant programs of the Economic Development Administration (EDA) provide financial awards for public works and development facilities; planning, research, evaluation, trade adjustment assistance; training and technical assistance; and economic adjustment assistance. The Big Horn Mountain Country Coalition (BHMCC) experienced a year of transition in 2006. This was the first full year for many new members of the Board of Directors. The period was characterized by new staffing arrangements, organizational growth and partnerships. In lieu of its halftime Executive Director, the BHMCC contracted with the Northeastern Wyoming Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council to administer the organization for nine months, update planning tools and direct an EDA capacity building grant application. This partnership was a resounding success for the Big Horn Coalition and resulted in the hiring of a full-time Executive Director for the first time in its history. With the technical assistance of RC&D, the Big Horn Coalition achieved the following milestones: • The Big Horn Coalition held monthly meetings with strong participation and involvement from all Counties. • The Board updated the by-laws to reflect current leadership and efficient governance. • The member dues structure was refined considerably to encourage participation by all local governments. • The Town of Lovell and City of Sheridan joined the Board as full members, which had been a long standing goal. • The Board audited its finances and its inventory of assets. As a result, new opportunities for revenue generation were realized. • The budget of the organization grew by 200% and a full-time, highly qualified, Executive Director was recruited. • A work plan for 2006-2007 was developed in conjunction with a successful grant award from EDA. Project Partners:
• Counties • Cities and Towns • Chambers of Commerce • Local Economic Development Organizations • Natural Resources Conservation Service • Northeastern Wyoming RC&D For more information, contact: Aaron Waller, Area Coordinator Northeastern Wyoming RC&D, USDA-NRCS 621 W Fetterman St Buffalo WY 82834-2342 307-684-2590 aaron.waller@wy.usda.gov 16

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Pronghorn Pride Initiative
Location: City of Rawlins and Carbon County, Wyoming Project Goals: • Establish means of obtaining sponsorships to fund painted Pronghorns, which are to be displayed in Rawlins and Carbon County. • Seek vendor to design & construct fiberglass Pronghorns. • Invite artists to submit proposals to paint on of each of the thirty fiberglass Pronghorns. • Organize events to promote the Initiative (i.e. auctions, festivals, parades, street dances, etc) • Promote community pride in Rawlins, Wyoming A Pronghorn Art Project to benefit the • Create a tourist attraction to be located along the I-80 Community of Rawlins & Carbon County corridor, Rawlins, Carbon County, Wyoming. • Generate funding to be used toward developing the Pronghorn Interpretive and Visitors Center. Project Information: The Historic Trails Resource Conservation & Development Council (RC&D) Pronghorn Pride Initiative is doing a version of the Chicago Cows, Seattle Pigs and Sun Valley Dogs. The Pronghorn Pride Initiative is a street art project designed to promote community pride and create a tourist attraction for Carbon County. It is a project that is the result of a partnership of public, private, and civic interests that enables project organizers, artists, sponsors, merchants, and businesses to work together toward the common goal of enriching our community. Everyone in the community will benefit from the development of these beautifully painted sculptures. Businesses benefit from the added foot traffic, city governments benefit from additional tax dollars raised through the increase in tourism, artists benefit from having their artwork on display all over the county, and of course, project organizers benefit from receiving funding to enable further non-profit work.
Generous area businesses and individuals have committed their financial sponsorship for life-size fiberglass Pronghorns. Artists have been invited to submit their proposals to paint one of the life-size fiberglass Pronghorns. The selected artists will then paint the Pronghorns, which will be displayed as part of an exhibit and street festival to allow public viewing prior to being auctioned to individuals and businesses in Carbon County. A location map will be developed to allow for visitors to tour the different sites where the painted Pronghorns will ultimately reside. The funds generated by the Pronghorn Pride Initiative will be used toward the development of a Pronghorn Pride Interpretive and Visitors Center to be located along I-80. More than 16,000 vehicles a day pass by Rawlins on the interstate corridor, making it one of the most valuable tourism resources to tap for development. The Center will not only serve to educate many on the value and uniqueness of the Pronghorn, but also provide an interesting diversion to draw tourists off the highway to become potential consumers in the Carbon County economy. The project has generated more than $157,000 in financial support and in-kind contributions and has received a 20 acre plot of land adjacent to the highway to construct the Pronghorn Pride Interpretative and Visitor Center.

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Pronghorn Pride Initiative
Project Information: In 2006 the Painted Pronghorns were displayed at an exhibit from May 30th—June 16th. Other events organized in conjunction with the exhibit were a Street Dance and a all-day Festival including a parade in Rawlins. These events were followed by a reception and auction. A similar line-up of events are planned for June 11-30, 2007. The painted pronghorn will be on exhibit at the Old UP Depot in Rawlins daily - June 11th thru June 29th from 10am to 7pm. The Second Annual Pronghorn Pride Fest, which will be on Saturday, June 30, 2007, will include a street festival and a parade, also in Rawlins. The events culminate with the Auction and Reception to be held on Saturday evening at the Jeffrey Center in Rawlins. For more information on the 2007 events contact the Rawlins Main Street at 307-328-2099 or the Project Coordinator listed at the bottom of this page. Sponsors of the Pronghorn Pride Initiative for 2006 and 2007 have included:
Gold Level Sponsors • Carbon County Commissioners • Carbon County Library Foundation • City of Rawlins • Douglas Smith Family Foundation • Economic Development Corp. • Ed & Karen Juno • L. M. Olson • Lynette Haack • Old Baldy Club • Rawlins Daily Times • Rawlins Glass • Rawlins National Bank • Sinclair Oil Corporation • Wyoming Frontier Prison Project Sponsors • Bank of Commerce • Lynette Haack • Louis Espinoza, Sr. • PacifiCorp • Rawlins Community Association • Rawlins Daily Times • Rawlins Glass (Benjamin Moore) • Shively Hardware • The Williams Company • Woodward & Associates Associate Sponsors • All My Love Florist • The Aspen House • The Blake House • The Cedar Chest Gift & Galleries • City Market • Dan and Angie Kinnaman • Dan and Jody Walker • Dave and Anita Derragon • Domino’s Pizza • Don’s Body Shop • Duncan and Nancy Loungway • Ed and Jean Herbert • ERA Shepard & Associates • Fremont Motors • Graphic Sports • Holiday Inn Express • Hotel Wolf • McDonald’s • Rasmusson Furniture • Rawlins-Carbon County Chamber of Commerce • Rawlins Downtown Development Authority • Rimrock Lodge Bed & Breakfast, Inc • Sherwin Williams Co. • Sinclair Coker Team • Town of Sinclair

For more information, contact: Ed Juno, Project Coordinator Historic Trails RC&D Council Member PO Box 33124 Casper WY 82602-5011 307-324-8857 pronghornpride@yahoo.com Shelly Anderson, Area Coordinator Historic Trails RC&D, USDA-NRCS 5880 Enterprise, Ste 100 Casper WY 82609-4295 307-261-5401 shelly.anderson@wy.usda.gov

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Camelina for Biodiesel
Location: Northeastern Wyoming Project Information: The Northeastern Wyoming Resource Conservation and Development Area is currently working with the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service to monitor producer field trials of Camelina sativa. Researchers in the Northern Plains are having notable success with this new crop that has potential as a feedstock for biodiesel. Camelina is a plant in the mustard or Brassicas family. It is similar in appearance to Canola in the field but is “early season” and much more tolerant of drought and cold temperatures. These characteristics make Camelina ideally suited for rotation with small grains on the high plains of Wyoming. Several regional Biodiesel manufacturers, including Wyoming Biodiesel, BlueSun Biodiesel and the Camelina Company are hoping for a growth in the production of local feedstocks to supply the growing biofuels industry.

Renewable Fuels

Camelina

What is Biodiesel? The United States consumes about 60 billion gallons of diesel refined from petroleum every year. Over half of the oil used to make this vital fuel is imported from other countries, like Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. As it turns out, the very first diesel engine was invented in Germany by Rudolf Diesel in 1892 to run on peanut oil (i.e. biodiesel). Later, fossil fuels became plentiful (and cheap) and biodiesel use became less common. Biodiesel is made from renewable resources such as vegetable and animal oils. Soybeans and Canola are leading feedstocks for biodiesel production in the Midwest and Northern Plains States. Animal fats from tallow produce very high quality fuel. One of the major advantages of biodiesel is the fact that it can be used in most existing engines and fuel injection equipment with little impact to operating performance. The US Navy will soon produce biodiesel from used cooking oils at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) in Port Hueneme, California. There are many different sources that will be used to produce 2 billion gallons of biodiesel nationwide in 2007. Most biodiesel is sold in a blend with petroleum – 2%, 5% or 20% biodiesel (i.e. B2, B5, or B20) Biodiesel reduces tailpipe emissions while improving engine life, performance and mileage. As a result, there is a high demand from farmers, ranchers, truckers, bus fleets and anyone with a diesel pickup who wants American-made fuel for biodiesel blends. Biodiesel is a product that reduces our reliance on foreign oil and stimulates our rural economy. Biodiesel actually has the highest “energy balance” of any transportation fuel. For every unit of fossil energy it takes to make biodiesel, 3.2 units of energy are gained. This takes into account the planting, harvesting, fuel production and fuel transportation to the end user.

Project Partners:
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Camelina for Biodiesel
What is the Opportunity for Wyoming?

Renewable Fuels

Camelina was grown in Europe for 3,000 years and was an important agricultural product there before coming to America. Its combination of high oil content (45%) and hardiness make it suited to production in Wyoming and Montana. Montana growers have had excellent success with the oil seed in rotation with small grains (e.g. Camelina/wheat/fallow). This offers growers an extra crop in a six year cycle. Some facts about Camelina and its dryland production.
• Seed is small - 375,000/lb.

Drill at ¼ inch or broadcast seed - 2.5 to 3 lbs/acre. 15th for highest yields. Fall planting is common. A firm seedbed is recommended. The young plants are cold-hardy.

• It is very early season. Growers plant by March

• The plants are allelopathic and prevent weeds

by themselves once established. This attribute, in combination with the early planting, make weeds a minor concern.
• A modest fertilizer application has been shown

to increase yields (i.e. 35 lbs N and 15 lbs P.)
• Harvest is with a combine by July/August and
Camelina Sprouts

the seed ripens quickly at the end.
• Combine speed is slow (1-2 mph). Screens are similar to alfalfa/flax screens – 6/64 to 9/64

slotted.
• Variable cost per acre has been shown to be lower than other oilseeds. Net dollars/acre has

been shown to be competitive with small grain production at $4.50 per bushel for Camelina. (1 bushel = 50 lbs).
• Dryland yields are estimated at 400 lbs/acre with 8” of moisture. Each additional inch of

moisture can increase yields by 150 lbs/acre under normal conditions. Irrigated yields are much higher. Dryland field trials for Camelina sativa 'Calena' are being conducted through the Northeastern Wyoming RC&D, along with U.W. Cooperative Extension, Conservation Districts and several producers in 2007. The field trials are an important first step to determine the viability of this crop for Wyoming. Producers are using a variety of tillage and seeding techniques on a wide range of soils in five Counties. The results of the trials will provide a good test of different sites and growing conditions for this new oilseed.

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Ethanol Business Enterprise Model
Location: Northeastern Wyoming Project Goals: Improve consumer access to ethanol in Northeastern Wyoming by developing successful biofuels retailers in the region. Project Objectives: • Promotion of E85 ethanol retail infrastructure through outreach to 90 fuel retailers in Northeastern Wyoming. • Coordination with fuel wholesalers and producers to increase the supply of renewable fuels in the region. • Documentation of the specific business factors that will enable ethanol and other biofuels to be successfully marketed in Northeast Wyoming.

Renewable Fuels

Project Background: The 2005 Energy Security Act mandates 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel use nationwide by 2012. This renewable fuel standard has the potential to reduce motor fuel prices and our dependence on foreign oil. Ethanol is the most significant source of renewable fuels, or biofuels, in the US. Wyoming already produces ethanol from corn. In early 2007, ethanol will be produced in Upton, Wyoming using local forest products as a feedstock. This has the potential for a significant economic impact to the region as well as for beneficial use of waste wood and small diameter trees.
The Northeastern Wyoming RC&D is promoting ethanol and biodiesel to counter myths about renewable fuels and to develop a renewable fuels business model for the Northeastern Wyoming market. Introduction of ethanol into the Sheridan market will be part of the first phase of the project.

Funding Sources • Rural Business Enterprise Grant - $51,000 • Northeastern Wyoming RC&D - $6,000 Project Partners: • Northeastern Wyoming RC&D • USDA-Rural Development

For more information, contact:

Aaron Waller, Area Coordinator Northeastern Wyoming RC&D, USDA-NRCS 621 W Fetterman St Buffalo WY 82834-2342 307-684-2590 aaron.waller@wy.usda.gov

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Facts about Ethanol:

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Ethanol and Biodiesel for Wyoming

Renewable Fuels

The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) • The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) is a policy that would require an increasing amount of renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, to be used each year in the United States. In fact, the US demand for ethanol has already exceeded all standards and projections. By the end of 2007, the U.S. will already be producing and consuming over 8 billion gallons of ethanol.
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Ethanol is energy efficient Ethanol is efficient – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! In terms of energy efficiency, corn ethanol comes out clearly ahead of petroleum based fuels, and tomorrow’s wood-based ethanol would do even better. According to the Argonne National Laboratory, corn ethanol can be produced for 60% less energy inputs than petroleum fuels per BTU, even if you include all the energy used to grow and transport the ethanol crops. Detractors, who claim that ethanol is inefficient, fail to recognize the data. Over the past 30 years, ethanol plant energy consumptions have been reduced by more than 60%. Corn yields over the same period have increased over 50% due to improved farming practices. Go to www.ethanol.org for more information.

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Ethanol is here to stay • Today, nearly 50% of the nation's gasoline is blended with ethanol. 10% ethanol blends are approved to be used in any car on the road. Over 6 million flex fuel (FFV) cars can also burn an 85% ethanol mixture. Major auto makers had announced that they would increase FFV car production significantly in 2006.
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Ethanol makes fuel cheaper Ethanol does not drive up the price of gasoline. In fact, the addition of ethanol to American fuel has helped to keep prices down during times of tight supply. In many places in the Midwest right now, a 10% blend of ethanol is selling for up to 10 cents less per gallon than conventional gasoline. E85, the blend of 85% ethanol, is sometimes selling for upwards of 50 cents less per gallon. Ethanol is good for rural economies Ethanol has a tremendously positive impact on our nation's economy. It creates jobs and increases revenues; increases farm income and reduces farm program payments; and decreases the amount of energy we import. Ethanol has a tremendously positive impact on the local economies around the plants themselves. Local people are employed; local crops are purchased to make the ethanol; and local tax bases are significantly expanded. Ethanol made from forest residues will broaden this positive impact to rural America.
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A common misconception is that large agribusinesses control the ethanol industry. Actually, 40% of the nation's ethanol plants are owned by groups of local farmers or local investors in cooperatives or limited liability companies.

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Ethanol is all about energy security Wouldn’t you rather purchase a fuel that comes from the US Midwest or Wyoming and not the Middle East? Ethanol is one way for America to broaden its energy options and reduce dependency on foreign oil. Source: American Coalition for Ethanol and Northeastern Wyoming RC&D 22

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Upper North Platte Valley Woody Biomass Opportunities Available for the Encampment Lumber Mill
Biomass Feasibility Study
Location: Encampment, Wyoming Project Description: During the winter of 2004 a rural lumber mill in Wyoming, 44 Lumber and Sawmill,
received an Air Quality Notice of Violation (NOV) from Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. In response to the NOV 44 Lumber and Sawmill contacted the local Conservation District. The SaratogaEncampment-Rawlins Conservation District, after talking to local community leaders, approached the Historic Trails Resource Conservation & Development Council (RC&D) and requested their leadership to identify options and help aid them in their attempts of retaining a local business. The RC&D council helped facilitate additional area wide support throughout Carbon County. The community responded with letters of support and potential financial assistance aided by a Wyoming State Forestry Grant to conduct a feasibility study to address the elimination of the problem causing the air quality violation and opportunities to convert the waste (normally burned in the outdated Teepee burner) into a revenue source. In addition, the community requested that the study address additional opportunities to utilize abundant wood waste available in the Upper North Platte Valley. The feasibility study is currently underway and has initially identified a list of potential options. Included in the comprehensive list developed from the study are the following options specific for the encampment lumber mill;
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Conversion of the lumber mills drying facility to increase energy efficiency with heat generated by converting mill waste into wood chips. Converting the wood waste product into wood shavings to be sold by local vendors as animal bedding. Combine sawdust chips and shavings for sale to area oil producers and pipeline companies as bedding on drilling locations, reclamation projects and as spill containment agent. The oil soaked wood can then be composted and used as mulch and other soil enhancements. The original operators closed the business in May 2005 New operators were identified and the study was modified to address their needs. Then, just before everything was in place, the new operators suffered a personal tragedy that forced them to reconsider expanding the family business. The study was then re-directed to consider all the available short and long term alternatives that would increase the potential income of the business and improve the salability of the mill to future owners.

The project has juggled several obstacles in the short time since its inception.
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The long term goal of this project is to develop alternative uses for the woody byproduct that will allow for the converted waste to transition into a viable and sustainable business. New products would be generated from the lumber mill’s woody byproduct and could combined with additional woody waste available in local forests on private, state and federal lands.

Key Partners:
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Saratoga Encampment Rawlins Conservation District Historic Trails RC&D Council Little Snake River Conservation District 44 Sawmill & Lumber Carbon County Economic Development Committee

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Saratoga Logging Saratoga Lumber Carbon County Commissioners Wyoming State Forest Service Natural Resource Conservation Service Town of Riverside, WY Carbon Power & Light

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Biomass Feasibility Study
Sources of Funding for Project:

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Upper North Platte Valley Woody Biomass Opportunities Available for the Encampment Lumber Mill

Funding for Current Feasibility Study Contributions from local Carbon County partners have generated more than $16,000. US Forest Service Economic Action Program (EAP) in cooperation with the WY State Forestry Division has contributed $10,000. Basic Business Plan The committee is currently working with WY Small Business Development Council (SBDC) to help develop a basic business plan at no charge for the new lumber mill owners. Advanced Business Plan The committee is investigating two grant opportunities through USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) and through Wyoming Business Council’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Lumber Mill Drying Facility Energy Efficiency Conversion The committee is researching the possibility of applying for a grant with USDA Rural Development for Energy Efficiency Improvements Grant (EEIG). Similarly, the committee is exploring the benefits for utilizing the USDA Rural Development Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loan Program. Woody Biomass By-product Waste Conversion and Market Distribution The committee is conducting basic grant and loan searches to identify potential sources of funds available that may be used as a result of the feasibly study. The committee has identified and is considering the ability to combine two grants through USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) and through Wyoming Business Council’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the development of a marketing plan for new products.

Project Benefits:
• A local business will be returned to the rural community. • Over 30 jobs will be returned or added in the area. • There is an opportunity to identify and implement new practices that will not only enhance the lumber

sawmill business but can be used as a model to aid other communities with similar problems.
• The Best Management Practices (BMP’s) used in this project would improve air quality, use woody

waste available on private and federal lands decreasing the potential for wild fires and possibly identify new products for the area.

For more information, contact: Jean Runner, Office Manager Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District 101 Cypress Ave PO Box 633 Saratoga WY 82331-0633 307-326-8156 jean.runner@wy.nacdnet.net Shelly Anderson, Area Coordinator Historic Trails RC&D, USDA-NRCS 5880 Enterprise, Ste 100 Casper WY 82609-4295 307-261-5401 shelly.anderson@wy.usda.gov

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Objectives:
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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Program

Woody Biomass Project
Location: Lincoln and Teton Counties, Wyoming Project Goal: Develop a Regional Biomass Program
Outreach and education Permitting issues Business plan development Identify industry infrastructure available to work with wood products processing and markets • Develop partnerships with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the public in a collaborative effort

Typical wood waste pile found at local landfills

Project Information: Teton Conservation District (TCD) and Teton County advertised a Request For Proposals in 2003 to select a private contractor to develop a county-wide compost program to effectively and efficiently recycle wood, yard, domestic stock, and other types of organic waste. TerraFirma Organics, owned by Dane Buk, was the selected contractor. During this process it was discovered the compost program would also have regional impacts. TCD started working with Star Valley Conservation District (SVCD) on the possibility of a compost and woody biomass program within the SVCD area. TCD, with an endorsement from SVCD, requested assistance from Western Wyoming RC&D to assist in the collaborative effort to develop a regional biomass program. This project was adopted by the Western Wyoming RC&D Council in June 2005. TCD has developed the idea and is requesting assistance in researching the feasibility of a scaled-to-fit industrial park specifically for wood products processing. A possible location for this type of wood industrial park may be in the SVCD area. Truckloads of logs could be sorted for house logs, lumber, post & poles and then processed at the industrial park. Biomass waste could be used for compost, wood chips/mulch and even power energy used by the industrial park. Value added products such as furniture, lam beams, moldings, etc. could also be procMorbark Woodhog 3600 (grinder), Owned by TerraFirma Organics of essed at this industrial park. Finished high value products would then Jackson, Wyoming be shipped to markets economically. Possible compost and wood mulch products being researched are: • High specification compost blends for yards, pastures, golf courses, oil/gas field remediation, compost berms for soil erosion prevention, and landscaping needs, etc. • Various grades of mulch for weed control along roads and pathways as well as landscaping needs. • Wood chips for cogeneration or heating systems, playground cover, domestic stock bedding, wood methanol production, and remediation use. Randy Williams (TCD), J. Gurn Brown (SVCD) and Leron Allred (SVCD), though their association with Western Wyoming RC&D, have been able to attain grant monies to attend several biomass workshops. The workshops were Western Counties Partnership on Restoration Summit (New Mexico), Workshop on Forest Health Collaboration (Casper), Wyoming State RC&D Association meeting (Rawlins) and “When You Get Back Home”-Partnering for Field Level solutions to Hazardous Fuel Reduction, Woody Biomass Utilization & Other Forest Health Issues (Montana).

Project Partners:
• Teton County Conservation District • Star Valley Conservation District • Western Wyoming RC&D • Wyoming Business Council

4” screened material after Morbark Woodhog grind

For more information, contact:
Randy Williams, Executive Director Teton County Conservation District PO Box 1070 Jackson WY 83001-1070 307-733-2110 rsw@wyoming.com J. Gurn Brown, President Western Wyoming RC&D Council PO Box 1761 Afton WY 83110-1761 307-886-9412 Maureen Meagher, Area Coordinator Western Wyoming RC&D, USDA-NRCS 625 S Washington, PO Box 1761 Afton WY 83310-1761 307-886-9412 25 maureen.meagher@wy.usda.gov

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Project Goals:

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Program

Gooseberry Creek Watershed Enhancement Project
Location: Gooseberry Creek drainage in Hot Springs and Washakie Counties. Project Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish Department
• Replace non-native tamarisk and Russian olive with more

desirable grasses, forbs, shrubs and trees in the Gooseberry Watershed. • Successfully develop an invasive species demonstration project that can be duplicated in other parts of the West. • Improve the water quality and quantity.

Project Information: For the past three years, the Wyoming Game & Fish Department has sponsored an ambitious invasive species control demonstration project to replace non-native tamarisk and Russian olive with more desirable grasses, forbs, trees and shrubs. Chemical and mechanical treatments were applied to tamarisk and Russian Olive foliage along 50 miles of Gooseberry Creek in July 2004 and August 2006 using horse-pack, backpack, ATV, and pickup-mounted sprayers. Mechanical treatments included shredding tamarisk with a “Timber Ax” machine, utilization of a small dozer to uproot and pile Russian olive as well as cutting down Russian olives with chain saw crews. In a majority of cases the mechanical treatment was followed by a chemical treatment. It is estimated that by fall 2006 there was more than 90% mortality of the tamarisk and Russian olive in the treated area. Future plans include the goal of achieving 100 percent mortality in the treated area. Continuous CRP Riparian Buffer program has been the primary funding source used to plan, implement and complete this project. Other funding sources include Washakie County Weed and Pest Control District, Hot Springs County Weed and Pest Control District, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Bureau of Land Management, Washakie County Conservation District, Wyoming Governors Big Game License Coalition, Crown Cork & Seal Company and private landowners. Erin Smith (on the left) with the Wyoming Game & The Big Horn Basin RC&D Council role in this project Fish Department and Rory Karhu from the USDAwas field monitoring assistance in 2005 and Russian NRCS monitoring desirable field vegetation along olive field control measures in 2006. the riparian area of Gooseberry Creek.
For Project Sponsor information, contact: Erin Smith, Game & Fish Habitat Biologist Wyoming Game & Fish Department 408 Greybull Ave Greybull, WY 82426-2037 307-765-2483 For RC&D information, contact: Eric Decker, Area Coordinator Big Horn Basin RC&D, USDA - NRCS 208 Shiloh Rd Worland, WY 82401-8729 307-347-3946 eric.decker@wy.usda.gov

Participating Agencies and Organizations:
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Wyoming Game & Fish Department Washakie County Conservation District Bureau of Land Management Big Horn Basin RC&D Council Hot Springs County Weed & Pest Control District Washakie County Weed & Pest Control District Crown Cork & Seal Company Worland USDA-NRCS Field Office Private Landowners

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Program

Central Wyoming Fairgrounds Animal Waste Management
Location: The Central Wyoming Fairgrounds is located in the City of Casper, Natrona County.
It is located in the Middle North Platte Casper Watershed.

Project Sponsor: Natrona County Conservation District, Casper, Wyoming. Project Summary: Eliminate potential contribution of nutrient and pathogen contamination to the North Platte River via the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds by implementing Best Management Practices for animal Waste.
The Central Wyoming Fairgrounds (CWYF), located in the city of Casper, can be considered a non-traditional Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) facility. With the proactive interest of preventing potential contributions of fecal coliform and nutrient contamination to the Middle North Platte-Casper watershed, the North Platte River is a class 2AB waterbody, the Central Wyoming Fair Board, Historic Trails Resource Conservation Development Council (RC&D), Natrona County Conservation District, City of Casper and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), have joined forces to address this prevention effort. Through our collaboration we have developed a project which will meet the non-point source agriculture needs of an urban non-traditional AFO audience which continues to grow in importance as land use changes.

Affected Waterbody: The North Platte River is a class 2AB water body which has critical designation as a cold water fishery known to support permanent game fish populations, spawning and nursery areas at least seasonally. Also, this classification signifies that the North Platte River is presumed to have sufficient water quality and quantity to support drinking water supplies and is protected for that use. Class 2AB waters are also protected for non-game fisheries, fish consumption, aquatic life other than fish, primary contact recreation, wildlife, industry, agriculture and scenic value uses.
All 104 acres of fairground property is located in the heart of the City of Casper and surrounded on three sides by the North Platte River (a class 2AB water body)

Concrete bunkers will be installed for containment and storage of animal waste. The bunkers will be located at the end barn facilities on the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds.

Project Partners:
• • • •

Natrona County Conservation District Historic Trails Resource Conservation & Development Council USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service Casper College

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Natrona County Commissioners Central Wyoming Fair Board Central Wyoming Fairground Staff City of Casper

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Project Goals:

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Program

Central Wyoming Fairgrounds Animal Waste Management
Develop an updated comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan for the entire fairgrounds property including any stormwater run-off to the fairgrounds from adjacent properties. Once completed and approved by the WYDEQ, Stormwater Plan Implementation will begin. Improve animal waste management containment system located at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds. Implement improved and permanent operation for animal waste disposal. • Design construct and install 20 concrete bunkers to hold animal waste. • Purchase five 30-cubic yard bathtub roll-off containers (dumpsters) to be used to transport animal waste to the City of Casper Balefill for composting. • Purchase ten Industrial wheel barrows for animal waste transport from barns to dumpsters. Implement proper use and disposal of animal waste slurry. • Develop Nutrient Management Plan. • Develop Slurry Disposal System. Develop a curriculum regarding the Best Management Practices for preventing pathogen and nutrient pollution via animal waste specific to the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds property. • All current staff trained in BMPs. • All new employees trained. • All personnel and involved patrons at the fairgrounds will have a firm understanding of the proper animal waste management practices appropriate for the property. Water quality monitoring above and below the primary project site for nutrients and pathogens through an approved sampling and analysis plan including quality control protocols.
A comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan has been developed for the entire fairgrounds property including any stormwater runoff to the fairgrounds from adjacent properties. Implementation of this plan is critical as the boundary of the fairgrounds is city roads, immediately followed by the North Platte River.

Project Status:
Project approved and grant notification received in the amount of $273,398 from Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WYDEQ), Section 319 Funds in June 2005. The Project Implementation Plan was completed and submitted to the WYDEQ August 2005. A Cooperative Agreement was received March 23, 2006 from WYDEQ. The storm-water management plan was submitted to WYDEQ on December 1, 2006. An additional $100,000 in financial contributions will be received from the Natrona County Commissioners. Anticipated in-kind contributions from a compilation of partners will total over $120,000 throughout the three year project. Total project costs provided by federal and local partners will exceed $476,000. For more information, contact: Deena McDaniels, District Manager Natrona County Conservation District 5880 Enterprise Lane, Suite 100 Casper WY 82609-4295 307-261-5436 deena.hood@wy.nacdnet.net Contact information and Presenter: Shelly Anderson, Area Coordinator Historic Trails RC&D, USDA-NRCS 5880 Enterprise, Ste 100 Casper WY 82609-4295 307-261-5401 shelly.anderson@wy.usda.gov

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Program

Feraud Reservoir Restoration Project for Livestock & Wildlife
Location: Fifteenmile drainage in the North Gooseberry Grazing Allotment of the Worland Bureau
of Land Management (BLM) Resource Management Area (Washakie County Conservation District).

Project Sponsor: Guardians of the Range Project Goals:
• Improve the functional water storage capacity of the

Before

reservoir to benefit both livestock and wildlife. • Improve the water quality of a tributary of Fifteenmile Creek that flows from the reservoir by removing trapped sediment within the reservoir. • Have the project serve as a model for future similar projects (there are numerous small reservoirs throughout Wyoming that need to have similar maintenance).

S u m m e r 2006

Feraud Reservoir

Project Information: The Guardians of the Range is an organization that promotes sound science and community partnership in public land management in Wyoming. The Guardians partnered with several other agencies and organizations to complete the restoration of Feraud Reservoir. Approximately 5,000 cubic yards of sediment was removed and the area was then landscaped to significantly improve the functioning capability of the reservoir to supply water to livestock and wildlife. The work commenced as After planned on August 28th and was completed on August 31, 2006. Contractor, Ralph Wortham, and the track-hoe operator, Richard Dallas, did an excellent job completing the restoration work. The role of the Big Horn Basin RC&D Council was helping to prepare a successful application for funding in the amount of $3,240 from the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust fund. Other funding for the project came from the Washakie Conservation District in the amount of $500 as well as $1,000 from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming. Special thanks to Kathleen P. Jachowski (Executive Director, Guardians of the Range), Kay Weber (Chair, Guardian Resource Committee), John Elliot (BLM Range Conservationist), Tim Contractor Ralph Wortham, Kay Weber Stephens (BLM Wildlife Biologist), Ray Gullion (NRCS Range (Guardian Resource Committee ChairConservationist), Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust, person), Faron Baird (Guardian Board of Directors, Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming and Resource Committee Representative) the Washakie County Conservation District for making the project and Richard Dallas (track hoe operator) possible. For Project Sponsor information, contact: Kathleen P. Jachowski, Executive Director Participating Agencies and Organizations: Guardians of the Range 217 Road 6EH • Guardians of the Range Cody, WY 82414-8001 • Washakie County Conservation District 307-587-3723 • Bureau of Land Management solution@180com.net • Big Horn Basin RC&D Council For RC&D information, contact: • Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming Eric Decker, Area Coordinator • Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Big Horn Basin RC&D, USDA - NRCS Trust - Board of Directors 208 Shiloh Rd • Worland USDA Natural Resources Conservation Worland, WY 82401-8729 Service Field Office 307-347-3946 29 eric.decker@wy.usda.gov

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Project Sponsor: Town of Dubois

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Program

Town of Dubois Voluntary Remediation Program Project
Location: South of Dubois, Wyoming (between Highway 26/287 and the Wind River)

Project Goals: • Determine potential for water and land contamination at the former Louisiana Pacific sawmill site. • Apply for state and federal funding for an Environmental Assessment (EA). • Coordinate water quality monitoring efforts with the Dubois - Crowheart Conservation District to obtain water quality data in the vicinity of the site. • Perform any necessary soil and water remediation as a result of the EA from available state and federal funding sources. • Inform Town of Dubois residents on activities associated with the project and solicit public input on restoration and remediation options. • Restore riparian habitat functions along the Wind River.

Town of Dubois Mayor Bob Baker (on right) and Councilman Gari Epp stand in front of the old Louisiana Pacific sawmill site disposal debris pile that is adjacent to the Wind River. The Dubois - Crowheart Conservation District is monitoring the water quality of the Wind River in the vicinity of the project site.

Project Information: Louisiana Pacific operated a sawmill facility on a parcel of land near Dubois approximately 75 acres in size from the late 1940’s to the closing of the mill in 1987. The subject parcel is a State of Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality documented contaminated site as a result of leaking underground storage tanks. The southeast corner of the parcel is adjacent to the Wind River and was used as a disposal site from operations associated with the sawmill. Another area of concern for the project site is the disposal area since a variety of potential contaminants are likely buried there. Request for potential state and federal funds for an environmental assessment through the Voluntary Remediation Program Brownfields Application was completed by the Big Horn Basin RC&D Council for the Town of Dubois. Current status of the project is the application was accepted and funding up to $200,000 through the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality that can be used by the Town of Dubois for an environmental assessment.
Coordination efforts by the Big Horn Basin RC&D Council with the Dubois - Crowheart Conservation District has resulted in additional water quality monitoring efforts being performed by the Conservation District in the vicinity of the subject parcel. The water quality data will be included as part of the overall environmental assessment information collected and analyzed for the project.

Participating Agencies and Organizations:
• • •

Town of Dubois Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality The Nature Conservancy

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Big Horn Basin RC&D Council Dubois - Crowheart Conservation District Wyoming Game and Fish Department

For water quality information, contact: Gayle Hinschberger, District Manager Dubois - Crowheart Conservation District 712 Meckem St, PO Box 27 Dubois WY 82513-0027 307-455-3688 dccd@wyoming.com

For project information, contact: Eric Decker, Area Coordinator Big Horn Basin RC&D, USDA-NRCS 208 Shiloh Rd Worland WY 82401-8729 307-347-3946 eric.decker@wy.usda.gov
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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Program

Powell-Clarks Fork Conservation District Water Quality Technical Assistance project near Line Creek
Location: Near Line Creek just west of Clark, Wyoming Project Sponsor: Powell-Clarks Fork Conservation District Project Goals: • Determine potential of water quality degradation to Line Creek and adjacent surface waters from a drilling rig operation (Nabors #44 drilling rig). • Coordinate with the affected landowner. • Coordinate with the Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission on any plans to inspect and possibly remediate the effects of the drilling rig operation. • Communicate results of the field visit and discussions with the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to the landowner and the Conservation District. • Prevent water quality degradation to Line Creek that is a tributary to the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. Project Information:
At a March 7, 2005 meeting of the Powell-Clarks Fork Conservation District, a landowner advised the Conservation District of the potential of water pollution on her property and into Line Creek from the Nabors #44 drilling rig (and two other previous drilling rig operations that have been operating on the same pad for the past five years). At the direction of the District Board, the Coordinator from the Big Horn Basin RC&D Council made a field trip to the drilling area with the affected landowner on April 4, 2005. On the evening of April 4, 2005 the RC&D Coordinator reported to the District Board that the drilling operation did have the potential to threaten Nabors #44 Drilling Rig in the Line Creek drainage just west water quality in Line Creek for a variety of reasons. The Coof Clark, Wyoming ordinator subsequently contacted the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to determine if any field actions could be accomplished by the Commission. A Commission representative explained the Commission would plan an inspection of the drilling rig operation. A Commission inspection was subsequently completed on the drilling rig pad area. Any regulatory issues will be addressed by the Commission and communicated to the company that is responsible.

Participating Partners:
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Powell-Clarks Fork Conservation District Landowner

• •

Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Big Horn Basin RC&D Council

For more information, contact: Eric Decker, Area Coordinator Floyd Derry, Chairman Big Horn Basin RC&D, USDA-NRCS Powell-Clarks Fork Conservation District 208 Shiloh Rd 781 Lane 9 Worland WY 82401-8729 Powell WY 82435-9122 307-347-3946 307-754-9301 eric.decker@wy.usda.gov
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Big Horn Basin RC&D Office Eric Decker, Area Coordinator 208 Shiloh Road Worland, Wyoming 82401-8729 Phone: (307) 347-3946 FAX: (307) 347-8806 E-mail: eric.decker@wy.usda.gov Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties.

Wyoming Resource Conservation & Development Areas

Historic Trails RC&D Office Shelly Anderson, Area Coordinator 5880 Enterprise Dr, Ste 100 Casper, Wyoming 82609-4295 Phone: (307) 261-5401 FAX: (307) 261-5435 E-mail: shelly.anderson@wy.usda.gov Carbon and Natrona counties.

Northeastern Wyoming RC&D Office Aaron Waller, Area Coordinator 621 West Fetterman Street Buffalo, Wyoming 82834-2342 Phone: (307) 684-2590 FAX: (307) 684-5972 E-mail: aaron.waller@wy.usda.gov Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Niobrara, Sheridan and Weston counties.

Southeastern Wyoming RC&D Office Grant Stumbough, Area Coordinator 1502 Progress Court Wheatland, Wyoming 82201-9221 Phone: (307) 322-2187 Fax: (307) 322-4109 E-mail: grant.stumbough@wy.usda.gov Albany, Converse, Goshen, Laramie and Platte counties.

Wyoming Association of RC&D Councils: Jack Pugsley - President (307) 334-3315 / jepugsley@wyoming.com Linda Fleming - Vice President (307) 383-7645 / lfleming22@yahoo.com Carla Thomas - Secretary/Treasurer (307) 864-3488 carla.thomas@wy.nacdnet.net

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Western Wyoming RC&D Office Maureen Meagher, Area Coordinator 625 S Washington St, PO Box 1761 Afton, Wyoming 83110-1761 Phone: (307) 886-9412 FAX: (307) 886-3744 E-mail: maureen.meagher@wy.usda.gov Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton and Uinta counties.


								
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