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Page 4-Thursday, August 19, 2004 "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" VEHICLE AUCTION i, il WY ADMB allocates project funding Calls for Sage Grouse project applications By: Kyla Cochran, University of Wyoming student intern What is a Conservation District? The Wyoming Animal Damage Management Board (WY ADMB) ap- proved funding for fiscal year 2005 projects at a recent meeting in Casper. Sixteen projects were selected from a pool of 20 ap- !=--:-~ ................................ =;--=-~ plieations. Of the 16, seven are ongoing projects that have ben- efited from WY ADMB dollars in previous years. Requested amounts totaled $186,000. However, the board was restricted to a $125,000- $145,000 budget. "The board had to be more selective be- cause of funding limitations," said Hank Uhden, WY ADMB V~Om,~C~rneana~~o~. administrative assistant. "Roughly 25 percent of the projects were not funded in the full amount," said Uhden. Created in 1999 the WY ADMB was established for the purpose of mitigating damage caused to livestock, wildlife and crops by preda- tor, animals, predacious birds and depredating animals or for the protection of human health and safety. To meet the requirements of their task, WY ADMB allocates funds to selected projects annually. Projects selected include issues of wolverines, bears, mountain lions, moose, coyote control, deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, and ra- bies prevention. Each project has specific objectives and goals determined by the agency or persons submitting the application. The ADMB may make recommendations or comments about studies but are rarely actively involved with field work. During the two day session board members heard from a represen- tative of each project. Presenters were allowed a feb" minutes to pro- vide a brief synopsis of their project. WY ADMB board member, Dick Steiger, gave details of the ongoing Wolverine presence study. Sightings in Wyoming have been infrequent. In an attempt to obtain more accurate data, motion sensitive cameras and bait stations help capture information. Data generated by this project will assist researchers and wildlife managers as to the pres- ence of the animal in mountain ranges throughout the state. Funding this year will allow them to repair equipment. Stations are currently active in and around Cokeville, Buffalo, Shell, and Alta. The project is seeking volunteers to help establish and maintain additional sites. Four projects to curtail bear and mountain lion depredation were approved at the meeting. Scott Talbott, WGFD biologist, solicited $12,500 for an ongoing cost share agreement between the ADMB and Game and Fish Commission. Combined funds cover expenses that the USDA-Wildlife Services incurs preventing livestock damage that is caused by black bears, grizzly bears and mountain lions. A second project wilt be under construction this summer. The as- sembly of a bear proof electric pen on a Bridger-Teton National Forest sheep allotment will attempt to protect a producer's flock at night. The $8,000 cost will hopefully decrease the need for damage compen- sation to the producer. The other pair of projects is tailored to reduce the effects bears and mountain lions have on human populations by developing more ef- fective deterrents. "Living with Black and Grizzly Bears, ~'~Lions" will focus on educating recreators, wildlife professionals, and people living near bear-occupied areas. Funding will support the creation of literature in a printed version, on compact disk, and via the Internet. A separate project focusing on the reduction of nuisance bear prob- lems will deter bears from associating human activities v,~th food/ garbage rewards. Investigating the predator-prey relationship is the focus of an ex- panding Northwest Wyoming study presented by Doug Brimeyer WGFD biologist. Officials use radio-collared moose to monitor a variety of factors that have possibly contributed to the continued decline of moose north of Jackson. The ADMB provided $23,600 to this endeavor last year and approved the same amount of funding this year despite a $40,000 request. Predator pit scenarios are common issues among antelope, deer, and bighorn sheep. In these instances population levels have dipped to low and are unable to rebound due to predator pressure. Several coyote control projects were granted approval at the meeting. A Weston County Wildlife En- hancement project is working to Inyan Kara Homemakers improve antelope populations. The Sheridan County Predator Animal Board is receiving help to The July 21, 2004 meeting of the Inyan Kara Homemakers' increase both deer and antelope Club was held in the meeting room of the Crook County Library numbers. Predator control will with Jo Anne as hostess. The guest speaker, Vicki Hayman also continue on Whiskey Moun- from the extension office, presented a very interesting pro- tain near Dubois to increase lamb gram on Once-a-Month Cooking. She gave us a number of helpful to ewe ratios of big horn sheep hints and showed a video on cooking a number of dishes that following a 60 percent die off. The could then be frozen for later meals. newest project of this type will President Paula called the meeting to order and Jo Anne led benefit big horn sheep being the group in the flag salute. Six members and one guest an- Many folks have asked over the years."aX'vhat is a Conservation Dis- trict" or "what do you guys do besides sell trees?" To try to answer these questions and others about what a Conser- vation District is, I thought that it would be fitting to devote this article to a brief explanation of the history behind a Conservation District and the purpose for why we are here. I hope this information will better inform folks about b'ho we are and what we do. History of a Conservation District: During the 1930s the Dust Bowl made the need to conserve natural resources, and at that time the soil in particular, very clear. Agencies ranging from Land Grant Universities to the Federal Emergency Re- lief Administration researched and implemented conservation prac- tices throughout the nation. Eventually, the Soil Conservation Ser- vice (or Natural Resource Conservation Service as it is known today) was created under the Soil Conservation Act of 1935 to develop and implement soil erosion control programs. Occasionally, agencies working b'ith conservation ended up com- peting with each other. Local leadership was needed to coordinate their efforts and tie them into local conditions and priorities. Be- cause of this the President developed a model Conservation District Lab" for consideration by the state governments. In March 1941, the State Legislature passed an enabling act which provided for the establishment of Conservation Districts in Wyoming. Conservation Districts were to direct these programs protecting local renewable natural resources. Wyoming now has 34 local Conser~'a- tion Districts in 23 counties. What is a Conservation District? Conservation districts are democracy in action A conservation dis- trict is a legal subdivision of the State, organized under the Wyoming Conservation Districts Law. They are organized bv a vote of the people within the district and are managed bv a board of (five) supervisors. These supervisors are local residents who serve voluntarily, x~Sthout pay. All are elected by the local citizens and by statute: three are rural, one member is urban and one at-large Supervisors serve stag- gered 4-year terms to improve the stability and consistency between elections for conservation district programs. Supervisors may come from many different occupations, but by law all supervisors must be residents of Wyoming. (As well. all board members must reside within the same county boundaries in b'hich thev are elected to serve.) District supervisors have a unique role among agencies managing Wyoming's natural resources. Serving as the "grass roots" represen- tatives of the landowners and general public in their communities, they provide leadership and direction in resource conservation, de- velopment, and implementation of programs. Conservation districts develop and implement programs to protect and conserve soil, water, prime and unique farmland, rangeland, wood- land, wildlife, energy, and other renewable resources on non-federal lands. Districts also stabilize local economies and resoh'e conflicts in land use. The mission of Wyoming conservation districts is to provide leadership for the conservation of Wyoming's soil and water. protect the agricultural resource base, promote the control of soil erosion, promote and protect the quality and quantity of Wyoming's water, provide assistance to reduce the siltation of stream channels and reservoirs, promote wise use of Wyoming's natural resources, preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, protect the tax base and pro- mote the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of this state through "a responsible conservation ethic." Nationally, conservation districts usually operate under the follow- ing general policies: 1. Conservation should be ted by local citizens. 2. The final responsibility for conservation lies with the landob'ner. 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. A conservation district cannot levv tacxes and does not have the ~gh~ of eminen~domain. The district may reqtlest monies and opera- tion maintenance of the district from the State LeNslature through the Wyoming Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Budget or from a special le~.w not to exceed one mil. The district can ohm proper~', accept donations, sue and be sued, raise funds as profit from work performed and accept and use monev provided by the Wyoming Department of AgTiculture or others {such as the CCNRD's Belle Fourche River 319 Grant through the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality) in promotion of the district's conservation programs. Districts provide a means for all interested people in the commu- nity to work together for the conservation and development of natu- ral resources. A district supervisor represents the people of the dis- trict as a member of the official governing body. The board of supervi- sors has the responsibility for developing and putting into action a program to conserve and develop the natural resources of the dis- trict. transplanted into Devil's Canyon. Similar predator control projects previously conducted have shown increased recruitment and popu- lation numbers during treatment. Yet the ability of a herd to sus- tain its numbers once control has ended is uncertain. In effort to ob- tain population dynamic data the ADMB will continue to employ Real West Natural Resource Consult- ing of ~ie at a cost of $19,600. Among the projects not funded was a sage grouse predator ira- swered roll call by naming our best summer event, which all turned out to be something involved with family. We then each gave a thought for the day. The minutes were approved as read and the treasurer's re- port advised of no change from th~ previous meeting. A thank you note from Sharon's Home Health was read. Dorothy and Pat Bollack have been discussing the possibility of Inyan Kara and Give and Gain clubs meeting together for the December meeting. Further plans will be finalized. For the August meeting, Paula is the hostess and the club will have an excursion as the program. Plans for the fair booth were finalized. The club bake sale is August 7 and that is the day the club watches the building. There was no further business and the meeting was ad- pact study. While the board" felt journed. The group continued visiting while enjoying 'make your own' sundaes. SATURDAY, AUGUST 28, 2004 SALE TIME: 10:30 A.M Due to the death of a stockholder in the Advantage Lending Company, the following inventory has to be liquidated. Sale will be held at 2209 East. Cleveland Street, Sundance, Wyoming. The list will include over 100 1980-90s Model Vehicles WATCH FOR FULL AD IN NEXT WEEK,S PAPER this topic to be of utmost impor- tance statewide, they believed this specific project needed to be fine-tuned. Kerry Powers ADMB board member and G&F Commis- sioner said "time is of the es- sence. We are soliciting project proposals for a sage grouse study with a proactive approach." In order to get a project underway this year the board set aside up to $20,000 and will be accepting project applications through De- cember 15% In addition to funding deci- sions, the board set the price for the 2005 Damage Management Stamp. The ADMB stamp will re- main,at $I0. They may be volun- tarily purchased at hunting and fishing license vendors through- out the state. Proceeds from the stamp, transfer of landowner cou- pons, and voluntary brand in- spection fees provide revenue for the board. Additional funding is allocated by the Wyoming Legis- lature and Wyoming Game gnd Fish Commission each year. John Bush, John Gelgle, Boyd Larson, Piedmont Spearfish 605-787-7631 605~-~t20 -~976 605-642-3105 Visit our website at: auctloncountry corn What does the CCNRD provide for the citizens County? Promotes water quality improvement projects and sistance to residents, urban and rural, regarding water q issues Provides information and education to individuals and tions on natural resource issues Provides and enhances recreation and wildlife residents and visitors Conserves timber and rangeland Monitors state and federal agency actions and sure private landowner rights are represented CCNRD accomplishments and projects: The district has completed a revision of the original 319 address the Belle Fourche River Watershed--more management practices that will address AFO's a systems. The district is working to get a local watershed tion in the Sundance office. (John W. Williams started CCNRD on June 1, 2004.) The District has numerous tree planting sites around the~ in particular the Moorcroft High School and Sundance tarv School. The District spearheaded the Sundance Pond pathway The District continues the annual tree sales to t seedling trees for conservation plantings. Provides Crook County residents with County landowner Provides the soils information/reports for individual in Crook County. Through one of the District's Department of Agriculture the CCNRD will replace the Conservation District the count3" borders/roadways in 2003/2004. Saturday, August 21, 2004 - 10:00 AM AUCTION LOCATION: 504 PINE RIDGE MOORCROFT WYOMING DIRECTIONS: From Exit 165 on 1-90 go north about 5 miles, sale site side of road. Signs will be posted the day of the auction. Household Items: Flowered love seat coffee table and end tables: gun cabinet: w/box-spring and mattress: night stands: flair back w~cker chairs: garbag, ding: shelving: jars: spice rack: round chrome table: book cases: shelving: fans: heater, cast iron dutch ovens: microwaves: chest of drawers: glass-ware: file cabinets: Yard & Sporting equipment; 8' windmill; mobile wheels t~res and axefs: Lawn boy 2f~ barrels and barrel cart; refrigerator converted to smoker: extension ladder: conveyer Home built log splitter w/foot control (works great); camping gear mummy sleeping motor: fishing rods & reels: ~ce auger: weed eater: 8 hp AIIls Chaimers snowblower: 2 motors: garden tools: wood/coal cook stove: and more. Vehicles: 2 Cushman plokup/yard carts (one for parts), one with topper: (these are Dodge Allegro motor home, 360 engine. 89000 miles: dual wheels, sleeps 6 (this is condit~n). Guest consignment: gray enamel ware: old Amencan silverware: vacuums: meat toys: botttes; green snack set: leather portable bar: jackknife: ok:i refrigerator set: kitchen appliances: kitchen items: patterns; new jeans; crystal oatmeal dishes gage: decanter: bedding; old doll crib: potty chair, tea pot: marbles; old tumblers; green fruit jars and many more items. Note: This will ~ a nr_,e clean sale in a beautiful locat~n, come tQ ~e.,~a~er then go fining..: Owner: Roger & Veda Fish and guests Terms: Cash/Check W/ID Photo ID Required to Register Lunch Available Managed & Conducted by: The Auctioneers, 320 N. "nnton Rd., Spearfish, SD 57781 E-mail: c21rich@mato,com Phone: 605-641-0099 Fax: (~=, THE AUCTIONEERS . ,,.~1 ~ Rich Krogstad & Associates * \~ 605-642-5385 or 605.641-0099 ~ ~l'l~ 3 "We love to cry.. so give us a trW" Web Site: http://www.spearfishrealty,com/krORL~_~