11221 US Highway 30 Cheyenne, WY 82009 (307) 772-2600
Community Enhancement Application Deadline is Sept. 14, 2018 (expand for more info.)
Each year, the Laramie County Conservation District accepts proposals for community enhancement projects. Profits from the District’s Seedling Tree Program provide funding to community groups and organizations for natural resource projects that will improve the environment and natural beauty of Laramie County.
Proposal Guidelines Funding is available from the Laramie County Conservation District to assist in the implementation of natural resource projects not to exceed $1,000 per project. All proposals submitted must identify at least 20% in matching funds. This match can be either project installation labor and/or materials but not maintenance labor or materials. In addition, the district offers design assistance free of charge. Proposals can be submitted by either individuals or groups but must be for projects that will benefit the community at large, and on land that is accessible to the public. Projects selected for funding are implemented the following spring.
Types of Projects Funded The program encourages projects that benefit the public as a whole. Examples include: * Tree plantings in public parks and along the Cheyenne Greenway * Church and cemetery plantings * Boy, Girl and Eagle Scout projects * School improvement projects * Non-profit organization projects In the past, the emphasis has been on tree plantings. The District also encourages project proposals for xeriscape, wetland improvement or development, urban and wildlife habitat, or any other project that would conserve or improve natural resources.
Please note: A sign reading “Conservation Tax Dollars at Work” will be installed at each Community Enhancement Program site that is approved for funding. For further information on how to submit a proposal, contact the Conservation District by calling 772-2600, or e-mail us for information. For an informational flyer on how to submit your proposal, Community Enhancement Flyer 2018-2019. Projects installed Spring of 2019. Applications (sample application- Community Enhancement Application Form) are due in the office by Sept. 14, 2018.
The Crow Creek Revival (CCR) is more than just another stream restoration project. (expand for more information & a video)
“The Crow Creek Revival (CCR) is more than just another stream restoration project. CCR is a revival of the very resource that put Cheyenne on the map. Late in May, LCCD and the WGFD electrofished the upper portion of CCRs Phase I Segment for baseline data on native species occurrence and abundance prior to implementation of the project. The Laramie County Conservation District is currently working on a Request for Proposals for a 30% Design on this Phase I segment which involves 1.2 miles of Crow Creek. “
LCCD tags deer with the WY Game & Fish & Central High - "Jane Doe" & "Gal Val" (expand to see their latest locations)
As many of you already know, the Laramie County Conservation District partners with many different agencies to help conserve our natural resources and to promote natural resource education.
One of our most recent partnerships has been with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Central High School.
The project is scheduled to last for two years and will help Central High School’s AP Environmental classes answer valuable questions about where and why Cheyenne’s mule deer travel from place to place in the city.
“Jane Doe” has a fawn:
Below: Rex Lockman, LCCD, Brian Lamont, WY Game & Fish, & Kim Parfitt, Cheyenne Central High School with “Jane Doe”.
Here are Jane Doe’s locations for week (8/6/18):
A second doe was collared, Gal Val, and here are her locations for week 8/6/18:
Be sure to check back for more information on the project as it becomes available!
Following is the WY Game & Fish Facebook post text:
- Students at Cheyenne’s Central High School are tracking GPS-collared mule deer to learn about migration.
- A grant from the Muley Fanatic Foundation Southeast Wyoming Chapter paid for two GPS collars to help students in Teacher Kim Parfitt’s Advanced Placement Environmental Science class learn about mule deer migration.
- In mid-January wildlife biologists tranquilized a mule deer doe near the center of town and fitted it with a collar. A second mule deer, “Val”, was tagged on February 14, 2018, and will give the students additional data. Satellite data from the GPS collars will reveal six locations per day for each deer over the next two years.The Laramie County Conservation District and the University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Citizen’s Science Initiative are assisting with the project. Citizens can see where the deer go and learn more about the project by visiting the following link: https://laramie1.instructure.com/courses/14620
2018 NACD Poster Contest
The annual NACD and NACD Auxiliary Poster Contest provides students from kindergarten through 12th grade the chance to have their art displayed as part of a national conservation outreach initiative. Each year, the winning posters reflect NACD’s annual Stewardship theme, and highlight the work of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries, and agencies to protect and enhance natural resources. The contest starts at the district level; winners advance to the state level, and then to the national level, where they receive recognition at NACD’s annual meeting.
The poster contest is open to public, private, and home-schooled students. For more information on the 2018 competition requirements, click here, and remember that your local and state participation rules may differ from the national rules. The top three posters in each category of the national contest will receive monetary prizes. First place winners will receive $200; second place winners will receive $150; and third place winners will receive $100. The NACD Auxiliary, through their quilt project proceeds and the Albert I. Pierce Foundation, sponsor prizes at the national level.
Contact the Laramie County Conservation District, 307-772-2600, and speak with Paul Sandler, Education Specialist, for more information at the local level.
WY State Fair Four Man Golf Scramble for 2018 (expand for more info.)
Gary Beach Memorial Scholarship for UW Students enrolled at Junior level or higher (expand for more info.)
Click on the link above for scholarship information, and how to apply!
WNRF John Deere Gator Drawing (expand for more info.)
Enter to win a 2018 John Deere Gator! Only 650 will be sold. Ticket costs are $25.00 each. Tickets are available at the Laramie County Conservation District office or any conservation district in the state. (Drawing information is in the poster link above.)
Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation (WNRF) is a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to conserving Wyoming’s natural resources, heritage and culture. The WNRF is a sister organization to the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts.
Services We Provide
- Implement farm, ranch and forestland conservation practices to protect soil productivity, water quality and quantity, air quality and wildlife habitat;
- Conserve and restore wetlands, which purify water and provide habitat for birds, fish and numerous other animals;
- Protect groundwater resources;
- Assist communities and homeowners to plant trees and other land cover to hold soil in place, clean the air, provide cover for wildlife and beautify neighborhoods;
- Help developers control soil erosion and protect water and air quality during construction; and
- Reach out to communities and schools to teach the value of natural resources and encourage conservation efforts.
Nationally and in Wyoming, conservation districts usually operate under the following general policies:
- Conservation should be led by local citizens
- The final responsibility for conservation lies with the landowner
- Landowners have legitimate operating goals
- Conservation Districts are responsive to both landowners and operators, and the community as a whole
- The best agricultural land should be maintained for agriculture
Provide Laramie County citizens with the necessary information and technical assistance to support sustainable production from soil and water resources, protect the county’s tax base, control flooding, improve air and water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and protect and promote the health, welfare and safety of Laramie County residents.
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11221 Highway 30 Cheyenne, WY