Who We Are & What We Do
We are a local governmental subdivision of the state of Wyoming as defined and established by Wyoming Conservation Districts Law. The Washakie County Conservation District's Board of Supervisors are elected by the people of Washakie County at General Elections by popular vote. Conservation District Board members are the only locally elected board charged specifically with the responsibility of representing local people on natural resource issues.
We do provide locally led leadership, encourage, and promote and inform through education, the conservation of natural resources. The Washakie County Conservation District assists landowners and land managers in practicing good natural resource stewardship and conservation for the long term benefit of the people by using monitoring, partnerships, staffing resources, and the taxpayer's money as efficiently and effectively as possible.
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News and Events
WCCD is please to announce that the Tree Sales Program is back! After a hiatus for a few years, we heard the need from the community during 2021 and are brining it back!
Trees will be sold in bundles of 10 or 25 bare-root tree seedlings, and there is a small selection of 1 gallon potted trees available as well. Inventory changes weekly, so the sooner you get your order reserved, the better chance the order has of being fulfilled. We will be using NDASCD's Lincoln Oaks Nursery out of Bismarck, North Dakota.
The listed price under the order form is per bundle or potted tree. There is a flat rate shipping cost of $5.00 per order, and a 5% sales tax is applicable.
Orders are due no later than March 18, 2022. Orders must be paid in full upfront with a check payable to WCCD. If your order is not able to be filled partially or in full by the nursery, WCCD will reimburse you for the unfilled portion of your order.
Clink on this LINK for the Tree Sales Order Form. If you have questions, please contact Halli Caines at email@example.com or by phone at 307-347-2456, ext 121.
Washakie County Bighorn River Access and the Blueway Water Trail System
The Washakie County Conservation District (WCCD) and the Washakie County Commissioners are currently exploring an opportunity to provide recreational access to the Bighorn River. In 2020, the Commissioners advised us that a tract of county land was available with direct access to the Bighorn River off of Tie Down Road. WCCD and the Commissioners agreed to partner up to explore grant funding opportunities that would allow for the development of boat ramps, parking, road improvements, signage and trash services at two locations which would allow access into and access out of the Bighorn River over a 4-mile stretch from north Winchester to the county land off Tie Down Road. WCCD is currently working with the County Planner and State Lands & Investments to secure a Special Use Permit for the point of access in Winchester.
While WCCD and the County Commissioners were in discussion on this opportunity, the Bighorn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative (BBORC) were in discussions with the National Park Services regarding the development of a 95 mile long water trail that would allow river enthusiasts and the like to travel the length of the Bighorn River from Wedding of the Waters just south of Thermopolis to the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Are in Lovell. This would offer a wide variety of opportunities, including wildlife watching, tubing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, camping and everchanging scenery along the way.
The collaboration is working with several local, state and national agencies to include: BLM, WGFD, NPS, WYDOT, State Lands & Investments, county and city governments, as well as businesses and recreationalists.
A public hearing for the Washakie County development is scheduled to take place at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at the Worland Library. We will have presentations beginning at 6:00pm and again at 7:00pm with breakout tables with facilitators to engage the public in discussion.
For more information about this water trail system and the public meeting, please contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 307-347-2456, ext 101.