The WNRF is again holding the annual 4-wheeler fundraiser. for
each $25 donation, donors are entered in a drawing to win a 2013
Polaris Sportsman 500 HO ATV or a steel tool cart. The drawing
will be held November 20, in Jackson at the WACD/WNRF annual
convention. For more information contact Kelly at 307-632-5716
Final phase of “Pathway to Water
Quality” project construction
A multi-year and multi-phase project to
protect water quality and educate Wyoming State Fair Park users on
innovative management practices is complete. “This
portion of the project includes the completion of the Wetland
Interpretive Park and includes the installation of a boardwalk,
handicap accessible path, interpretative signs and a gathering
area,” said Bobbie Frank, Executive Director of the Wyoming Natural
Resource Foundation. The boardwalk materials were donated by
Nature’s Composites out of Torrington. The company manufacturers
deck and fence materials using recycled products. The bid was
awarded to Phipps Construction out of Glenrock.
The “Pathway to Water Quality” is a
premier project that highlights the importance of water, riparian
and wetland resources and conservation to our state.
project has received funding support from industry including Cameco
and Encana, and several local, state and federal conservation
entities and organization. The project also received national
funding support through a grant received by the Converse County
Conservation District from the National Conservation Foundation.
project also included the installation of a Pathway along the North
Platte River and the start of the wetland interpretative area in
2012. The pathway is constructed of permeable pavers underlain with
a French drain system that diverts runoff to the wetland area. In
2011, a livestock grid material was installed at the livestock tie
out area and a permeable patio was installed in front of the Ag &
Natural Resources building.
Pathway partners include Encanca Oil and Gas (USA) Inc., Cameco
Resources, The Nature Conservancy, Converse County Conservation
District, Converse County Weed & Pest District, Wyoming Weed & Pest
Council, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department
of Environmental Quality/US EPA, Wyoming State Forestry Division,
Southeast Wyoming Resource Conservation & Development Council,
Wyoming Community Foundation, National Conservation Foundation, and
the Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation.
Wyoming Board of Agriculture -
The Living Legacy Program has been working to "Bring Back
the Canopy" at the Wyoming State Fair since 2006. Since that
time, the program has planted over 160 trees throughout the state
fairgrounds. Due to overwhelming interest, the program has
been expanded to include installation of beautiful tree guards to
provide added protection to the new trees. In 2013 donations
were accepted for the care and maintenance of existing trees as well
as the purchase of tree guards for existing trees. At this
time, no new trees are being planted on the grounds.
On May 3, 2013 approximately 20
volunteers planted 8 trees and installed 36 additional tree guards.