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.