UINTA COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT
A local unit of state government established under Wyoming State Law to carry out natural resource management programs at a local level by providing technical assistance and tools to manage and protect land, water, soil and other related resources in Uinta County.
Uinta County, Wyoming
Uinta County is located in the Southwest corner of the state of Wyoming. The current estimated population is 20,299 people. The county includes the city of Evanston (which is the county seat) and the towns of Bear River, Lyman and Mountain View. Carter, Fort Bridger, Lonetree, Robertson and Urie are also census-designated communities.
Uinta County was officially organized in 1896 by trappers, explorers and settlers. It was settled in 1868 by workers of the Union Pacific Railroad. The Roundhouse for the railroad still stands today. Coal mines, the railroad, fur trading, supply posts, military activities, trona mines and ranching were the primary occupations of settlers of Uinta County. More recently oil and methane exploration and development is underway, while agriculture is still a major occupation and source of income for residents.
Water in the county comes from the Bear River Water Basin and the Green River Water Basin. The largest percent of water use is by irrigation, followed by industrial and municipal water uses. There are three water storage reservoirs for the county: Stateline, Meeks Cabin and Sulfur Creek (Uinta County Profile, 2003).
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The Total Ownership of Land in Uinta County
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - 36%
U.S. Forest Service - 3%
State of Wyoming - 4%
Private - 57%
Nearly 44% of Uinta County is owned and managed by state and federal land management agencies. The agencies include the BLM, Forest Service, and the State of Wyoming. Federal or public lands are designated as multi-use, meaning that they open for a variety of uses including livestock grazing, hunting, fishing, and other recreational activities.
UCCD works alongside these land management agencies when they are conducting their field studies to gain a better understanding of the conditions of the range. These agencies document conditions and collect monitoring data that can be used when renewing grazing permits, looking at potential range projects such as cross-fencing pastures and water development, and many other practices. Many livestock producers in Uinta County utilize these public lands for grazing, both here in Wyoming and in Utah.