University of Wyoming Extension News

Powell reclamation, restoration workshop emphasizes hands-on learning

Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center assistant director and research scientist Calvin Strom

Participants at a two-day workshop in Powell will get interactive, hands-on experiences in designing a reclamation plan with exercises planned in the field and classroom.

Hosted by the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC) at the University of Wyoming, the workshop is Wednesday and Thursday, May 30-31, at the Powell Research and Extension Center.

“Our Barriers to Reclamation Survey conducted last fall demonstrated participants wanted more in-depth and hands-on experiences at our workshops,” said Calvin Strom, research scientist in the WRRC.  “This workshop features a new format with field experience developing a reclamation plan for a specific site and classroom exercises with a question-and-answer period.”

Field exercises Wednesday focus on mapping suitable soils for salvage, inventorying vegetation on the site and addressing all components of a reclamation plan.

During Thursday’s session, participants will produce an overall reclamation plan based on data and observations obtained Wednesday.  Overall reclamation plans will include wildlife habitat and erosion/water quality considerations.

Information about the workshop is at www.uwyo.edu/wrrc. Click on Workshops on the left-hand side of the page. To RSVP, call the WRRC by Wednesday, May 23, at 307-766-3576.  Lunch will be provided Wednesday only. For more information, contact Strom at the same number or at cstrom@uwyo.edu.

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