11221 US Highway 30 Cheyenne, WY 82009 (307) 772-2600
2020 Cheyenne Rotary Ice Melt Challenge
The Cheyenne Rotary Club will be once again be hosting the Ice Melt Challenge and donating the proceeds to the Laramie County Conservation District for the purchase of new mundus bags that will go into gutter bins installed in Cheyenne’s storm drains. 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.
2020 Cheyenne Rotary Ice Melt Challenge: http://www.dayweather.com/keystone/ice/icemelt.htm
Ice Melt Challenge Registration Form: https://form.jotform.com/193535195449166
Mundus Bags and Gutter Bins: https://frogcreek.partners/
Habitat Hero Workshop Saturday, February 29th, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm Laramie County Community College
The Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society and Audubon of the Rockies are hosting the 6th Annual Habitat Hero Workshop at the Pathfinder Building on the Laramie County Community College campus. This year’s theme is Rethinking Wyoming Landscaping: Native Plant Gardening 101. Panayoti Kelaidis of the Denver Botanic Gardens will be the guest speaker for the event. Register at brownpapertickets.com, “2020 Habitat Hero”. Registration is $25.00 and limited to the first 125 people. For more information, please contact Mark at (307) 634-0463 or www.cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com
Last Day to Order Seedling Trees is March 20th
March 20th is the last day to order seedling trees for the 2020 season. We have a large selection of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees. The seedling trees come both bare-root and tubed, and are available in quantities of 25 or 30 only. If there is a specific species you are looking for, please submit you order quickly. Many species are selling out. Below are the links to our Seedling Tree Add and our Tree Order Form. Please call for current species availability.
Seedling Tree Distribution Day April 17th 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
This year’s Seedling Tree Distribution Day will be held on Friday, April 17th at the Laramie County Conservation District office located at 11221 US Hwy 30 Cheyenne, WY 82009 from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Please feel free to bring your Seedling Tree Distribution Postcard to pick your trees (they will be green). Doing so will help us look up your order faster. Below is a link for what the post card will look like.
Cheyenne Home and Garden Show April 17th-19th
Come see the Laramie County Conservation District at the Cheyenne Home and Garden Show April 17th – April 19th at the City of Cheyenne Ice and Events Center located at 1530 W Lincolnway, Cheyenne, WY 82001. We will have our booth set up with information on how to best conserve the natural resources on your property as well as a large display board showcasing all of the projects we have completed from across the county. Also, don’t forget your free rain-gauge!
2019 Laramie County Conservation District Report Progress (Expand to read the full report)
The 2019 Laramie County Conservation District Report on Progress went into circulation on the 19th. If you haven’t had a chance to read it or the wind took it before you could get to it, be sure to check it out in the link provided below. 2019 LCCD Report on Progress
Hard copies are available at the Laramie County Conservation District office free of charge for easier reading.
2020 Arbor Day Poster Contest Open
Attention Parents and Teachers,
Wyoming State Forestry and Wyoming Project Learning Tree have teamed up to present the 132nd Arbor Day Poster Contest. The contest is open to all 4th and 5th grade students regardless of being educated via home-school, private, or public institutions. Students interested in participating will need to create a poster no larger that 14 inches by 18 inches and have them based off of the theme “I Spy Trees”.The winning design will receive $100.00 for their efforts and $100.00 will also be provided to the student’s teacher. Second place will receive $50.00. Be sure to have posters submitted by March 25th. For submission details, please click the link below.
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)
LCCD installs gutter bins in City of Cheyenne
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!
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.
Updates on Filene (doe) collared by LCCD (expand to see her latest locations)
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 2/3/2020:
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
"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!
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.