ACTIVITIES OF THE LINCOLN CONSERVATION DISTRICT
2010 – 2011
The Lincoln Conservation District provides assistance to:
- Managers retained by absentee landowners
- Small acreage landowners
- Companies and consultants associated with oil and gas development
- Local Groups (youth and adult)
- Local, State and Federal units of government
The Lincoln Conservation District does these things for our citizens:
- Promotes water quality improvement projects and provides assistance to residents, urban and rural, regarding water quality issues.
- Provides information and education to individuals and organizations on natural resource issues.
- Provides and enhances recreation and wildlife opportunities for residents and visitors.
- Conserves timber and rangeland.
- Monitors state and federal agency actions and decisions to ensure private landowner rights are represented.
1. The LCD board has ongoing water quality responsibilities for residents in southern Lincoln County.
Currently, the LCD board members will be working with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WyDEQ) to develop a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) rate for pH
problems in the Hams fork River. The cities of Diamondville and Kemmerer will be involved in
this process in order to address community sewage waste issues and storm water runoff.
2. The LCD board members will be working with the Cokeville Development Company, the Smiths
Fork Irrigation Water Users and the Wyoming Water Development commission to complete a
Level II Study for a small water storage reservoir in the Sublette Creek Watershed southeast of
3. The LCD board members have also been working closely with the Cities of Diamondville and
Kemmerer and their Water and Waste Joint Powers Board, the Hams Fork Water Users Association,
the Rocky Mountain Power Company, and the Wyoming Water Development Commission to
complete a Level II study to enlarge Viva Naughton Reservoir or provide off channel water storage
for the Cities of Kemmerer and Diamondville along with industrial and irrigation needs.
4. LCD board members will continue to sponsor meetings this year to implement Brucellosis
awareness and prevention plan for district livestock producers. Coordination efforts will be taken
with the Wyoming Livestock Board, the Animal Plan Health Inspection Service (APHIS) the
Wyoming State Veterinarian Office and the local Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
Office to implement incentive payments to install conservation practices to curtail the spread of
Brucellosis between elk and cattle within the district.
5. The LCD Board will actively participate in Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI)
efforts to install conservation practices on a broad scale throughout Lincoln County. Currently
WLCI money is being used to revamp antiquated irrigation systems within refuge boundaries
south of Cokeville, Wyoming.
6. The LCD office sells conservation seedling trees and shrubs to interested individuals within
Lincoln County each year to promote farmstead and hedge row wind breaks.
7. The LCD meets throughout the year with many different county, state, and federal agencies to
promote sound natural resource management. Key agencies meetings that will be held this year will
be with the Kemmerer BLM Office, Kemmerer U.S. Forest Service Office, Lincoln County Weed
and Pest Control District, Bear Lake Regional Commission, Wyoming Department of Agriculture,
and the Lincoln County Commissioners.
8. The LCD will once again sell fire wood and pole permits and Christmas tree permits for the
Kemmerer U.S. Forest Service Office out of the Cokeville District Office.
9. Efforts will be undertaken to help the Lincoln County Weed and Pest Control District to dis-
tribute chemicals to control weeds through the LCD field office in Cokeville.
10. As assigned by state law, the LCD will continue to complete new subdivision reviews. Natural
resource concerns will be addressed in their report along with the suitability of the soils in the
proposed subdivision for roads, septic systems, basements, and other structure foundations etc.
Potential overland flooding issues will also be addressed in their report along with soil erosion
11. The LCD board members will be working with the local NRCS Field Office and Trout Unlimited
to install fish screens on Twin and Spring Creeks.
12. The LCD will continue to work with the local NRCS Field Office to implement a Wetland Reserve
Enhancement Program (WREP) for acquisition of conservation easements on the Bear River
Drainage within southern Lincoln County.
13. Probably the most important undertaking of LCD board members is their involvement with the
Coalition of Local Governments to address public and private land natural resource issues on
federal and state lands. This is a grass roots organization that helps local agriculture producers
stay on the ground.
14. Finally, another very important project the LCD board members are supporting is obtaining a
published soil survey for southern Lincoln County. This will help everyone in land construction
and management type activities.
Refer to the LCD 2010-2011 Annual Plan of Work for additional conservation activities scheduled for