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. Projects will be installed the following Spring. Applications (sample application- Community Enhancement Application Form) are due in the office by the end of September annually.
Projects Installed Spring of 2021
- YMCA – Planted 4 shade trees along Lincolnway.
- Laramie Co. Fire Dist. #2 – ordered 107 replacement trees for tree rows.
- Laramie Co. Archer Fairgrounds – Planted 7 balled & burlap deciduous trees @ campground.
- Texas Trail Museum-Pine Bluffs – Purchased & delivered 5 trees for museum property.
- Town of Pine Bluffs – Purchased & delivered 6 trees for town cemetery.
- The Pointe – Provided funds for 2 trees & pollinator plants at entrance.
- Cheyenne Rifle & Pistol Club – Provided 210 seedling evergreen trees for replants.
Projects Installed Spring of 2020
- Thomas O. Kraner Outdoor School – Planted 60 seedling Ponderosa Pine trees.
- Curt Gowdy State Park – Planted 60 seedling Ponderosa Pine trees.
- Rooted in Cheyenne – $3,000 donation in support of their program.
- St. Mary’s Catholic School – Planted one Tatarian Maple, one Mountain Ash, one Linden, and one Austrian Pine trees.
- Rotary Clubs of Cheyenne – $1,000 towards the purchasing of gutter bins for storm water runoff filtration.
- Laramie County Fair Grounds – Planted three Plains Cottonwoods and three Accolade Elm trees.
- Laramie County Conservation District – Planted two Hawthorne trees in memory of Dennis Hemmer (former LCCD staff and board member).
Projects Installed Spring of 2019
- Laramie Co. School Dist. #1 & Dist. #2-Provided an evergreen tree to each 2nd Grader, a total of 1,440 trees were distributed.
- Rooted In Cheyenne – $1,000 donation in support of their program.
- Laramie Co. Fire Dist. #2 – Provided 1,456 ft. of site prep work, installed 1,456 ft. fabric, & planted 199 evergreen trees @ new fire station on Horse Creek Rd.
- Rotary Clubs of Cheyenne – Provided funds to purchase 2 Mundus Bags for gutter bins to filter stormwater runoff
- Laramie Co. Library – Provide funds to purchase an Agridrain water level control device, equipment rental & parts to convert a pond into a water-wise retention facility
- Cheyenne Rifle & Pistol Club – Installed 2,452 ft. of fabric, & planted 341 trees to control snow, wind, and noise.