University of Wyoming Extension News

Pinedale workshop focus best practices for extraction site reclamation

Best management practices for reclaiming natural resource extraction sites are the focus of a workshop Thursday April 30, in Pinedale.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Sublette County Weed and Pest District facility, 12 South Bench Road, with presentations 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. A $20 fee includes full-day registration and lunch. Registration is requested by Monday, March 27, at

The Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center at the University of Wyoming is hosting the sessions, said Kristina Hufford, assistant professor of restoration ecology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Topics include best practices for management of topsoil and hydrology, seed mix and seeding and weed control and monitoring. Presenters are from the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, energy industry, private consulting firms and the Bureau of Land Management.
For more information, contact Calvin Strom at 307-766-5432 or

Hands-on Kaycee workshop to focus on reclaiming disturbed lands

Calvin Strom

Calvin Strom

Fully restoring disturbed lands is the focus of a reclamation workshop 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Harold Jarrard Park in Kaycee.

Classroom presentations cover topics such as planning, soils and reseeding before participants head out to the field to identify soil stripping depth and suitability and conduct a pre-disturbance inventory.

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management research scientist Calvin Strom at the University of Wyoming believes the inventory is the key to reclamation success.

“Performing this pre-disturbance inventory provides baseline information used to ensure successful reclamation of the site,” Strom said. “The workshop provides classroom and hands-on activities for identifying limiting factors in the soil profile, identification of invasive or noxious weeds, inventory of the plant species present and the design of a reclamation seed mix, which is done prior to surface disturbance.”

Strom and a number of other UW and private sector professionals will present at the workshop, which is sponsored by the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center in the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in conjunction with the Powder River Conservation District.

Lunch is provided, and there is no cost to attend the workshop; however, please RSVP by Oct. 6. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Powder River Conservation District at 307-738-2321.

Mining, reclamation association meeting first in Wyoming since 2007

Pete Stahl

Pete Stahl

Mining and reclamation industry representatives will converge on Laramie for a joint conference at which organizers say they hope to boost knowledge and share information industry-wide.

Registrations are at 320 and increasing for the meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR) and the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC) June 1-7 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

“It is one of the largest professional reclamation conferences in the world, and it’s indicative of the important role Wyoming plays in the field of land reclamation and ecosystem restoration in the United States,” said Pete Stahl, director of the WRRC in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

In 2007, Gillette hosted the most-recent ASMR meeting in Wyoming.

UW reclamation and soils specialists are helping organize and shepherd more than 80 presentations and various tours during the conference.

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New publication examines reclamation considerations on oil, gas lease contracts

What reclamation issues landowners entering lease agreements with energy exploration and production companies should be aware of are described in a new bulletin from the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC) at the University of Wyoming.

“Reclamation considerations for oil and gas lease contracts on private lands, ” B-1242, describes what should be discussed by landowners and contactors before a lease agreement is signed. A reclamationplan should be agreed upon prior to the construction phase of oil or natural gas wells, according to the publication authors Jay Norton and Calvin Strom.

Norton is a professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and is the UW Extension soils specialist, and Calvin Strom is a researcher in the WRRC.

The publication is available for free download by going to, clicking on Publications on the left-hand side then Search Bulletins. Type the publication number in the search field.

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 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