Educator joins UW Extension Wind River Indian Reservation office

Portrait of Amanda Hitshew-Small
Amanda Hitshew-Small

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.

Grazing permit renewal process workshop April 13 in Baggs

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

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.

Proper pruning, tree selection among topics at Lander workshop

Photograph of Chance Marshall
Chance Marshall

University of Wyoming tree care experts will provide hands-on pruning demonstrations during a free tree care and management workshop Tuesday, April 3, in Lander.

Insect issues and tree selection for the Lander area are also topics during the sessions 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Lander UW Extension office, 130 Eugene St., said extension educator Chance Marshall.

Marshall said pruning trees and diagnosing problems is important to keeping trees healthy and growing.

“Maybe you are interested in planting trees that will thrive in the Lander area but don’t know what varieties will work,” he said. “Maybe you are fighting blight or insects with adult trees?”

RSVPs are requested by Monday, April 2, by calling the Lander extension office at 307-332-2363 or for more information.

Cody hosts tree care workshop

Jeremiah Vardiman
Jeremiah Vardiman

Recommended trees and shrubs for Wyoming and tree care and invasive tree pests are topics at a workshop Wednesday, April 4, in Cody.

The session is 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Big Horn Federal Credit Union, 1701 Stampede Ave., said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator in Park County.

RSVP is requested by Monday, April 2. Contact Vardiman at 307-754-8836 to RSVP or for more information.

Tree pruning, grafting workshop set in Crook County

Photograph of Blake Hauptman
Blake Hauptman

A tree care and pruning and grafting workshop is Friday, April 6, in Sundance.

The session starts at 3 p.m. in the Crook County Courthouse Community Room, 309 Cleveland St., according to Blake Hauptman, University of Wyoming Extension educator.

Participants will visit a fruit orchard and learn basic tree care, pruning and grafting techniques, and can bring their own grafting knife if they want to participate in the hands-on demonstration.

RSVPS are requested by Wednesday, April 4, by calling 307-283-1192 or for more information.