University of Wyoming Extension News

Douglas workshop tackles reclamation plans on private, public lands

Stahl Pete

Pete Stahl

A workshop addressing the soil, water and vegetation components and the monitoring requirements of a reclamation plan is Wednesday, July 22, at the Douglas campus of Eastern Wyoming College, 203 N. 6th St.

Presentations are relevant to public and private land, organizers said.

Online registration is requested by Monday, July 20, at http://bit.ly/douglasworkshop, while walk-in registration is still welcome the morning of the workshop, beginning at 8:30. Presentations are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The $20 fee includes lunch.

“We’ve had great responses to our workshops,” said Pete Stahl, Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center director and professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at the University of Wyoming. 

The WRRC is hosting the sessions.

“This workshop should provide practitioners and all involved in land reclamation with the tools and information to develop a reclamation plan,” said Stahl.

Presenters are from the energy industry, Bureau of Land Management, UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and private consulting firms.

For more information, contact Calvin Strom or Kristina Hufford at 307-766-5432 or wrrc@uwyo.edu

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 http://bit.ly/bestmanagement.

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 wrrc@uwyo.edu.

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 http://www.uwyo.edu/ces, clicking on Publications on the left-hand side then Search Bulletins. Type the publication number in the search field.