A natural resources/4-H educator has joined the University of Wyoming Extension office in Fort Washakie on the Wind River Indian Reservation office.
Amanda Hitshew-Small began Friday, March 30, according to Kim Reaman, extension federal relations and staff development coordinator.
Hitshew-Small has worked for the Bureau of Land Management as a rangeland management specialist since 2008. She contributed to and led several interdisciplinary teams in all aspects of rangeland management. Her work also included collaboration with the tribal communities on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Growing up on the family’s farm near Lander, she has been actively involved in agriculture her entire life participating in 4-H and FFA, according to Reaman.
Hitshew-Small has been a project leader for 4-H in air rifle, archery, leathercraft, foods and nutrition, photography and cloverbuds, along with livestock projects.
She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2008 with a rangeland ecology and watershed management degree.
Practical guidance for navigating the grazing permit renewal process is being offered Friday, April 13, in Baggs.
The workshop is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Valley Community Center, 255 W. Osborne St., with a break for lunch, said Glenn Owings, University of Wyoming Extension educator.
Wyoming and Colorado ranch owners and managers and federal grazing permit holders and local policy makers are invited.
The cost is free with lunch included. Interested persons are asked to RSVP to Owings, or for more information, at 307-367-4380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those attending can learn how they can be involved in the permit renewal process, gain the tools to know what to do and who to call when they don’t, said Owings.
Participants include the Wyoming and Colorado Departments of Agriculture, Wyoming and Colorado ranchers, UW Extension, Budd-Falen Law Offices, Dick Loper of the Wyoming State Grazing Board, the Little Snake River Conservation District and BLM and U.S. Forest Service representatives.