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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.

Douglas workshop tackles reclamation plans on private, public lands

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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

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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