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
Local Weather Data
To better understand climate variation and the consumptive use of water, the Wyoming State Engineer's Office maintains a network of twenty climate stations, known as the Wyoming Agricultural Climate Network (WACNet). These climate stations are located around the state. Data collected includes air temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, solar radiation and precipitation. The data is used to calculate evapotranspiration rates.
Farmers and Ranchers rely on weather data to make many decisions. Prior to 2010 no weather stations existed in the Worland area. In 2010, the Washakie Conservation District helped fund an automated weather station located near Wyoming Sugar. WCCD gave $5,000 to the University of Wyoming to help establish the weather station so that local ag producers could get local weather data.
In 2012, WCCD gave $1,050 to help fund a network where all the weather station data could be found online. Due to staff changes, the network was dropped in 2015. WCCD is happy to announce that WACNet is up and running and includes data from the automated weather station located at Wyoming Sugar. Local, real time weather data is available to the public by using the quick link on the Conservation District’s website, www.washakiecd.com or by visiting www.wrds.uwyo.edu/WACNet/WAC.html.
County Land Project
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. Grant applications for the Land and Water Use Conservation Funds are being explored and WCCD is currently reviewing the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan for 2019-2023 to assure our proposed project falls into alignment with State objectives. Securing grant funding and a special use permit through the State can take some time, so until both of those items are secured, a date for the completion of this project is still undetermined.