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I was a Professor of Soil Science in the College of Agriculture at UW for 33 years. I have been on the LRCD for 10 years.
The most important activity by LRCD recently was supporting protection of the Casper Aquifer. Other activities include continued clean-up of the old refinery site in West Laramie and support of gardening efforts in Laramie schools. LRCD participates in local Forest Service planning and also on the Monolith Ranch.
We scrutinize the budget carefully, require two signatures on all checks cut by LRCD and take this responsibility very seriously.
We try to balance projects out in the county with projects that impact Laramie and Rock River communities. In the outlying areas, weed control, windbreaks, school gardens and water development for ranchers are important projects. If resources are available, I would like to see continued efforts to develop low impact recreation opportunities close to Laramie in the Casper Aquifer protection zone.
I am running for one of the two rural positions. I have been on the board for six years. I live outside of Rock River and have been working on the family ranch since 2013. I graduated from Laramie High School and joined the Air Force. I received my Associate of Science in Agri-Business from Casper College, in 2010, and my Bachelor of Science in Ag business from Colorado State, in 2013.
The best programs have been: all of the stream bank restoration projects, the microbial source tracking research, and converting wells to solar. I would promote the stream bank/head gate restoration projects and stock water projects. These projects benefit agriculture, wildlife, and the urban constituents. The stock waterers provide wildlife with fresh water, the wildlife are a big draw for tourism in Albany County, which in turn brings in revenue for Laramie residents. The stream bank projects help keep sediment from moving downstream and collecting in water treatment plant intakes.
How I try to have the LRCD protect the tax base is to look at cost share projects and not fund vegetation that could become a problem plant in the future. I will use the example of Russian olive trees. The Russian olive was planted as a living snow fence by various organizations. It is now considered a noxious weed, in Wyoming. I would rather not fund a particular plant than fund it now and have to turn around, in the future, and control the plant by spraying it or by some other means. That is not a smart use of resources
Stream bank restorations, water pipeline projects, windbreaks and cross-fencing projects garner the most interest. I would like to highlight that LRCD does have an analysis cost-share program for water, soil, and forage testing. This is an underutilized item that could benefit a lot of individuals not on city water. The LRCD has had cost-share applications for windbreaks that are not living snow fences, if you live in an unsuitable area for growing trees, you may want to make an inquiry. Electric fence projects have also been approved.
Currently, I serve as the Chair for LRCD. Considering the weight of our conservation projects and their value for Albany County, I remain committed to the mission of LRCD. My experience, while serving on the Board, encompasses conserving agricultural lands in productive agriculture for their value to the tax base, open spaces and shared wildlife habitat. Urban conservation plus agriculture prepared me for the LRCD Board of Supervisors. Thank you for the privilege to work on behalf of residents of Albany County.
While serving LRCD, I am committed to building on the successes and continuation of LRCD projects, such as, the promotion and support of the Pilot Hill Project, river restoration projects on the Big and Little Laramie Rivers and the superfund cleanup of the Yttrium Plant just off the Harney Street overpass. Laramie Rivers CD is a leader in the State for soil and water conservation, especially in the promotion and use of water and all other natural resources that preserve and enhance the tax base, conserve production agriculture, wildlife habitat and promote conservation ethics.
In addition to LRCD’s commitment to the agricultural community, the growing urban population with increased demands on the natural systems has initiated urban conservation efforts. These include the seven elementary school gardens, and the completion of the Laramie Senior High School Geo-Dome, extending the season for growing edible plants at high altitudes. Landscaping with native and low-water-use plants, utilizing raised beds and small green house structures to increase gardening successes, as well as cooperating with state, federal, and local governments to address stormwater runoff are al
LRCD partners with federal agencies and non-profits, at the landowner’s request in north Albany, to install wildlife friendly cross-fencing and develop upland livestock watering systems to improve grazing management of livestock. This activity also expands water locations for upland birds, elk, deer and antelope. LRCD partners with Albany Weed and Pest Control to limit weeds along the watershed and road right-of-way’s in the north end of the county, representing an important annual commitment by these two agencies toward control of invasive weeds.