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Drought Contingency Plan Workshops for USFS and BLM Permittees

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture is hosting a series of workshops across the state to help USFS and BLM permittees develop drought contingency plans for their grazing permits.  Partners for this project include the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the Wyoming Association of Conservation District, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service, and the Wyoming State Grazing Board.

The goals of the workshops are to help participants understand the role drought contingency plans play with respect to their grazing permit and the importance of developing a plan.   Participants will also learn about improving dialogue with federal agencies and better understanding the financial impacts of proactive planning for drought by comparing cost-savings of contingency plan to costs for emergency feed, transportation, etc.  Presentations and panel discussions will provide an opportunity to hear from other permittees about best management practices and resources in their own region to help address these issues. 

Agenda topics will include: 

  • The financial impacts of proactive drought planning
  • Understanding resilience in a dry, variable climate and how to plan for the next dry years
  • Communication strategies between permittees and federal agencies
  • What's in your agency file? 
  • Learn more about the resources in your area to address range management and monitoring assistance, technical expertise, the roles of your local Cooperative Extension Service and Conservation Districts, and more. 

Workshop Dates  (all programs run from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

If you can't access the webinar from your home computer, several UW Extension Offices and Conservation Districts are hosting the session and you are invited to join in at their offices.  A complete list is available here.

If you have any questions, please contact Lucy Pauley at (307) 777-8788 or email lucy.pauley@wyo.gov

The workshops are made possible by a grant from the Western Center for Risk Management Educiation and supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2012-49200-20030.


 

 

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