University of Wyoming Extension News

Natural resources, Wyoming wildlife focus of Casper restoration workshop

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Pete Stahl

Best practices of extracting natural resources while conserving Wyoming wildlife is the focus of a two-day Wyoming habitat restoration workshop in Casper April 19-20.

The workshop, at the Casper Events Center, has two tracks with speakers and presentations each day. Past efforts and future concerns begins at 9 a.m., and industry and agency collaboration starts at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 19.

The effectiveness of the governor’s sage grouse executive order starts at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, and industry conservation efforts begins at 1 p.m.

See http://bit.ly/wyorestore for the complete agenda and registration information.

The University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC) is hosting the event.

 “One of the main objectives of this workshop is to discuss how we can best continue to produce natural resources here in the state of Wyoming while at the same time conserve our great wildlife habitat,” said Pete Stahl, WRRC director and soil ecology professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

“There is a lot of planning, coordination and collaborative work required among natural resource producers, regulatory agencies and the public to accomplish this. We want to facilitate discussions along these lines at the workshop.”

Contact Stahl at 307-766-2179 or unclem@uwyo.edu for more information.

UW Extension bulletin explains using native plants, adapted seed sources for reclamation

seed coverA new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension addresses using native plants and adapted seed sources to help reclaim severely disturbed lands.

Native plants represent key resources for restoration of ecosystem functions and wildland health, state authors assistant professor and extension restoration ecologist Kristina Hufford and Rachel Mealor, extension range specialist, both in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

“Successful Restoration of Severely Disturbed Lands: Native Plants and Adapted Seeds for Reclamation,” B-1256, includes resources for the selection of native plant species and appropriate seed sources for revegetation of degraded lands in the state and region.

“This bulletin addresses questions we’ve received during workshops about the selection of native plant species and the use of different seed sources in land reclamation and restoration,” said Hufford, who also participates in the School of Energy Resources.

The bulletin is available for free download by going to http://www.uwyo.edu/ces and clicking Publications in the left-hand column, then typing B-1256 in the search field.

For more information, contact Hufford at 307-766-5587 or at khufford@uwyo.edu.

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 www.uwyo.edu/wrrc. 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 cstrom@uwyo.edu.