Services We Provide
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.
- 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.
Information for Laramie County Voters
Ash Trees and the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a bright green, invasive beetle that targets Ash trees (Fraxinus family) for completing its life cycle. When the beetle infests a tree, it lays its eggs on the bark where they then hatch and the larva eat the inner bark of the tree. This eventually kills the tree. This beetle has been spreading across the United States of America and has most recently been found in Fort Collins, Colorado. With that in mind, it is only a matter of time before EAB is found in Laramie County.
To better identify and monitor the Ash trees in Cheyenne, the Laramie County Conservation District has partnered with the Cheyenne Urban Forestry Division to provide Laramie County Residents with information to identify their trees and determine if an evaluation is needed. Please keep in mind that evaluations can only be made after the tree has fully leafed out. This may take until August due to the drastic temperature fluctuations we have experienced in the past year. If you have questions or concerns please call the Cheyenne Urban Forestry Division at 307- 637-6428 if you live within the Cheyenne city limits, or the Laramie County Conservation District at 307-772-2600 if you live elsewhere in Laramie County. For more information, feel free to click the links below.
State Fair Time 2020 Four Man Golf Scramble
Hosted by the Wyoming Natural Resources Foundation and The Wyoming FFA Foundation, this golf scramble’s proceeds will go to the benefit of Wyoming’s FFA Youth and Wyoming’s Natural Resource Conservation. Check out the post below for more information on pricing and the new virtual option. Read the sponsor letter here: Four Man Golf Scramble
The Summer Edition of the Conservation Corner is now Available!
The Laramie County Conservation District’s tri-annual publication, the Conservation Corner is now available in print form at the Laramie County Conservation District office. The Conservation Corner covers all of the great projects that everyone at the Conservation District has been working on for the past four months as well as a few in-depth articles about specific projects, and a new section devoted to one of our conservation partners. If you would like a physical copy of the Conservation Corner, come to the office and give us a call stating you would like a copy (they’re FREE) and we’ll run one out to you, (We’re still closed to the public because of the pandemic.) or if you would rather print your own version, click on this link here. 2020 Summer LCCD
THE LCCD OFFICE IS CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The Laramie County Conservation District Office doors will be locked to the general public until further notice.
The LCCD office will lock it’s door to the general public to protect employees, and do our part in preventing COVID-19 in Laramie County.
Staff will still be at work, but all business will be done via the internet or by phone.
Updates on Filene (collared mule deer doe) by LCCD (expand to learn more about our Deer Project)
A new deer was collared on Feb. 2, 2019!! She has officially been named “Filene” after Bambi’s mother. Check out the maps below for deer 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.
Below: Rex Lockman, LCCD, Brian Lamont, WY Game & Fish, & Kim Parfitt, Cheyenne Central High School with “Jane Doe”.
Feline’s, locations for week 6/1/2020:
This week will be the last deer map for a while as Filene was struck by a vehicle as she crossed I-25 last Friday. Please be vigilant while driving to reduce animal collisions.
Update on Jane: Unfortunately Jane Doe was struck by a car and had to be euthanized. Jane had been collared for almost two years.
Update on “Gal Val”: You may have noticed we have not been posting Gal Val’s locations for several weeks. As published in the WY Tribune Eagle on 10/4/18, Gal Val died in a vehicle collision on I-25 in September. The collar was recovered and will be fitted to another mule deer later this year to continue collecting data.
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
Free Online Barnyards and Backyards Issue
Due to complications of the Corona Virus on printing processes, Barnyards and Backyards has graciously made their next issue free to the public through their website. To see this latest issue, please follow the link below:
Toadflax information available! (expand for more information)
Toadflax is a huge issue in Laramie County. Please click on all of the links below for important information for landowners.
LCCD installs gutter bins in City of Cheyenne
Gutter bins with mundus bags help capture the trash, sediment, and volatile chemicals that would otherwise make their way into the greater water supplies in and around Cheyenne. Follow the links below for more information.
Mundus Bags and Gutter Bins: https://frogcreek.partners/
Click on the link above to view the video of Jeff Geyer working with the City of Cheyenne to install gutter bins in the storm drains of Cheyenne!
Laramie County Conservation District is deeded acreage from LEADS as future headquarters for the District (expand for more information)
The Laramie County Conservation District (LCCD) is one step closer in achieving a new headquarters building near the Natural Area in the Cheyenne Business Parkway southeast of Cheyenne. On October 8, 2019 Cheyenne LEADS deeded 3.35 acres to the LCCD, so that a new headquarters building could be built next door to the Natural Area. The LCCD was deeded the 3.35 acres with an agreeance that the LCCD would develop and maintain the Natural Area within the Cheyenne Business Parkway. Development meaning enhancing the area for outdoor education and displaying our natural resources.
Thank you to LEADS for this opportunity and exciting partnership moving forward.
Tom Farrell (chairman LCCD) and Randy Bruns (CEO of Cheyenne LEADS)
"The History of Conservation District's" by NACD (a short video of how conservation districts were formed)
Click on the link above to view a short 10 minute documentary on the history of Conservation District’s!