Laramie County Conservation District


Jim Cochran

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Service Provided:

  • Implement farm, ranch and forestland conservation practices to protect soil productivity, water quality and quantity, air quality and wildlife habitat;
  • Conserve and restore wetlands, which purify water and provide habitat for birds, fish and numerous other animals;
  • Protect groundwater resources;
  • Assist communities and homeowners to plant trees and other land cover to hold soil in place, clean the air, provide cover for wildlife and beautify neighborhoods;
  • Help developers control soil erosion and protect water and air quality during construction; and
  • Reach out to communities and schools to teach the value of natural resources and encourage conservation efforts.

Nationally and in Wyoming, conservation districts usually operate under the following general policies:

  1. Conservation should be led by local citizens
  2. The final responsibility for conservation lies with the landowner
  3. Landowners have legitimate operating goals
  4. Conservation Districts are responsive to both landowners and operators, and  the community as a whole
  5. The best agricultural land should be maintained for agriculture

What we do:

Classroom Education
We teach students in our local schools about caring for our natural resources, including our ecosystems, trees, wildlife, rangeland, groundwater and surface water.  We are also available to help with outdoor education programs including natural resource lessons that have been designed to meet state standards for specific grade level content.

Contests and Fun
We judge local science fairs and hold an annual Natural Resources Poster Contest for local students. We send students to Wyoming Resource Education Days during the summer, and also provide up to $250.00 scholarships for any teacher in Laramie County who wants to attend workshops for outdoor education such as WyRED, Teton Science School Workshops, or Wyoming Ag in the Classroom (WAIC) Workshops.

Our Publications
We publish our Report on Progress and Conservation Corner with important information about conservation for Laramie County residents.

Living Snow Fence
The District works to install Living Snow Fences in Laramie County on county roads and state highways, and we continue to work on additional sites each year.

Range Program
We help land owners with grazing and land management, landscaping, seeding and more.

Seedling Trees & Tree Planting
We provide seedling trees to Laramie County residents at low cost. We’ll help you set up a windbreak or living snow fence, and show you how to improve the survivability and growth of your trees.

We provide technical review of all proposed subdivisions in Laramie County.

Irrigation and Water Use
We help local irrigators and homeowners conserve water and use efficient irrigation techniques, saving them money and conserving our valuable resources.

Wildlife Habitat
We help Laramie County landowners and homeowners establish and maintain wildlife habitat, in both rural and urban settings.

Crow Creek Watershed
We offer valuable information about the current efforts to enhance the completed plan developed for the Crow Creek Watershed.


Provide Laramie County citizens with the necessary information and technical assistance to support sustainable production from soil and water resources, protect the county’s tax base, control flooding, improve air and water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and protect and promote the health, welfare and safety of Laramie County residen