WCC Training, Education and Conservation projects just completed locally

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Members of the Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) recently volunteered, alongside State Lands’ staff members on a 10-day conservation and resource management project sponsored by Devon Energy in Fremont County. The program ran from July 7 – July 16. This is the seventh year Devon has sponsored the WCC in support of preservation, restoration and education projects in Wyoming.

The goal of the partnership is to help preserve and protect Public and State Lands while providing University of Wyoming students with a hands-on learning experience about the diversity of management activities handled by the SBLC, as well as energy development throughout Wyoming.

“Devon Energy is dedicated to operations excellence in Wyoming and everywhere else we do business,” said Bill Skelton, Devon’s senior superintendent of production for the Wind River and Big Horn Basins. “Land preservation is vital to this commitment. We are proud to partner with the WCC and the State Board of Land Commissioners on conservation projects that protect State Lands.”

Projects included:

•  Crooks Creek: Conifer trees increase the intensity of fires, which can damage riparian areas. State Lands’ employees and WCC volunteers helped to remove a conifer encroachment from Crooks Creek prior to a prescribed burn by the Bureau of Land Management.

•  Middle Cottonwood Creek: To preserve and protect State Trust Lands, camping is prohibited in designated areas. State Lands’ employees and WCC volunteers constructed a fence along the Green Mountain Loop next to Middle Cottonwood Creek to prevent camping and to protect riparian areas from damage caused by camping.

•  Cooper Creek: In an area that suffered a wildfire in the 1970s, State Lands’ employees and WCC volunteers gathered to thin a lodgepole stand to prevent stunted growth and to reduce the chances for a fire in the future.

•  Devon Energy Education Day: Devon Energy hosted its annual education day on July 11 for University of Wyoming WCC volunteers, which included a hands-on field tour in Fremont County and classroom discussion about energy development throughout the state.

Provided by Devon Energy