Conservation Conversation talks in February
by Sublette BOCES
February 4, 2020
Sublette BOCES is hosting the Sublette County Conservation District, who will lead 4 different lunch hour "Conservation Conversations" during the month of February. In the first session, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about SCCD and how current projects related to rangeland management and monitoring in Sublette County benefit all land users. Other discussions throughout the month will cover topics related to the mule deer migration corridor, surface water quality monitoring, and the do's and don'ts of planting trees in a tough climate. For further information on each of these topics, please see below. BOCES will provide a light lunch, please register so we have enough food for all.
February 5th - Week 1 (Mike Henn & Jess Artz): "SCCD; Who are we and what makes us different? & "Rangeland Management isnít Just for Cows" Attendees will learn about the Sublette County Conservation District and its history and programs. This talk will be the primer for the next 3 weeks that will dive deeper into projects and programs that the District is involved with surrounding natural resources within the County. We will also dive into the diverse world of rangeland management in Sublette County and discuss how current monitoring can help benefit various users such as recreationists, wildlife, ag producers and oil and gas while at the same time promoting overall ecosystem and watershed health.
February 12th - Week 2 (Melanie Purcell): "Traveling the Migration Corridor: From Science to Policy" This discussion will cover the science, projects and policy surrounding big game migration corridors in Sublette County. While migration corridors have existed for thousands of years, science is now mapping specific routes and habitat use through GPS collaring of animals. Come discover what has been learned, what types of projects are happening to improve the corridor, and what is going on with management and policy.
February 19th - Week 3 (Brad Blackwell): "Whatís in Your Water? Monitoring Surface Water in Sublette County" In this Conservation Conversation, we will discuss the condition of our water resources in Sublette County. This will include the current status of water quality in Sublette County, threats to water quality, and how the Conservation District is monitoring the health of these resources.
February 26th - Week 4 (Sno Ann Engler): "Local Tree Planting Visits; Lessons Learned and Take-Home Strategies for a Successful Planting" This week we will cover past tree plantings around the county and dive into species, survivability, planting designs, site selection, and the doís and doníts of planting trees in a tough climate.