Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has developed a list of practices common to farms and ranches, and considerations when engaging in those practices. Click here to view the web page. Information is provided on practices such as tree planting, well protection, wetland enhancement, and grazing management.
"As you develop the conservation systems that are right for your land, you will consider a number of options. [Here] are some of the individual practices that could enhance your conservation systems, improve your operation, and protect the natural resources on your land. In selecting new conservation measures, carefully consider how each treatment will function with the unique characteristics, land uses, and additional conservation treatments in place on your property" (NRCS web site).
NRCS Student Intern Megan McPhaden compiled a guide, titled 'Assistance for Rural Living in Wyoming', in 2012. This guide is located here.
The document reads "The number of suburban landowners continues to increase in Wyoming as people move out of the city, move into Wonderful Wyoming, retire, or want to start a small agricultural production. When subdivided parcels are managed with our natural resources in mind, both landowners and natural resources can benefit. This handout is intended for Conservation Districts and others who work to prevent soil erosion, keep water clean and plentiful, create and preserve open spaces, and reduce the impacts of floods in rural and suburban areas. What happens in these areas has an impact on Wyoming’s land and agriculture at large. Although overgrazing by horses is often the most visible natural resource issue on small-acreages, it may not necessarily be the issue of greatest concern. Most small acreage landowners do not have grazing animals, according to a 2006 survey conducted by Rachel Mealor, now of UW Extension. This survey revealed that the most important issues to landowners were weeds, water quality, landscaping, and wildlife."
Recent research from University of Wyoming addresses the demographics and natural resource management needs and knowledge of exurban landowners. Small acreage landowners in Teton County, WY, were included in this research. Surveys indicated that time, cost, and knowledge are primary limiting factors in implementation of land management practices.
TCD and its cooperators are available to provide technical assistance and cost share for natural resource projects with a public benefit.
The published research is available here.
For more information about this program, please contact Gary Blazejewski, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist at (307) 886-9001.