COST SHARE PROGRAMS
The Uinta County Conservation District offers cost share programs to assist landowners and producers with various projects.
UCCD can pay up to 50% of the cost of each qualifying project. Qualification is subject to board approval and funding availability.
We offer three specific programs and one general cost share program. The general program is for projects that do not fit under any of the other three specific programs.
Click each program or scroll down for specific details about each type.
Note: The initial cost of any approved project is the responsibility of the applicant. The District will reimburse the applicant upon final inspection of the project and after receiving all applicable receipts for the actual costs of the project.
Windbreak Cost Share Program
To assist landowners with the cost of installing quality windbreaks, UCCD has developed a Windbreak Cost Share Program. Through this program, the Conservation District will pay up to 50% of the cost of installing a windbreak on projects that meet the minimum requirements. To be eligible to participate, you must own the land where the planting is to be established and the planting site must be in Uinta County. A more detailed description of the program guidelines and conditions and an application are available here.
To improve the survival and vigor of your newly planted trees and shrubs, proper site preparation must take place the year before you plant, which is why fall is the time to start thinking about that spring planting. Preliminary groundwork reduces competition from other vegetation such as weeds and grasses, conserves soil moisture and makes planting in the spring a lot easier.
You may design your own windbreak plan or contact the Conservation District for technical assistance. If you are interested in participating or learning more about the windbreak program, please contact UCCD.
The Uinta County Conservation District (UCCD) currently has funding available to provide cost-share assistance to homeowners wishing to make septic improvements in the Blacks Fork/Smiths Fork Rivers and Bear River drainages. The purpose of this project is to develop and install structural and/or management practices that will assist in reducing water quality impacts from failing or inadequate septic systems. This program is designed to assist homeowners who voluntarily wish to address septic systems they believe may be negatively impacting water quality. In addition, the program will help homeowners minimize their risk for regulatory action.
As part of this program, technical assistance from UCCD, the Uinta County Compliance Officer and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) may be provided to assist the homeowner in the planning, design, and engineering of the project. Other qualified personnel may be used at the homeowner’s discretion to provide technical support. However, homeowner must contact the county to begin the permitting process before any work begins. All work must meet Uinta County and WDEQ standards and specifications to be considered for funding. An agreement between UCCD and the homeowner must be signed upon board approval.
Septic Improvement Program
The Uinta County Conservation District (UCCD) currently has funding available through the Livestock and Other Pastured Animals Improvement program to provide cost-share assistance to landowners wishing to improve water quality by minimizing the impact of a livestock operation on adjacent waterways. The purpose of this cost-share program is to provide incentives to landowners for the relocation or rearrangement of corrals and feeding areas that have the potential to negatively impact water quality.
Storm water run-off from corrals often contain bacteria (many of which are human pathogens), nutrients, sediment, and organic materials which are delivered to the local streams. By mitigating the impacts of these storm waters, landowners also reduce their risk of possible regulatory enforcement actions.
As part of this program, technical assistance can be provided to assist the landowner in the planning, design, and engineering of the project. Other qualified personnel may be used at the landowner’s discretion to provide technical support. However, the proposed project design must be approved by the UCCD Board of Supervisors to be considered for funding. In addition, a specific implementation plan and contract will be developed with the selected project applicants and UCCD.
Livestock and Other Pastured Animals
The Uinta County Conservation District (UCCD) currently has funding available to provide cost-share assistance for natural resource related projects. The purpose of this cost-share program is to develop and implement projects that will improve and/or maintain the quality of natural resources in Uinta County. These natural resources include soil, water, air, plants and animals. All projects must provide public benefit.
As part of this program, technical assistance is available to assist the applicant in the planning, design, and engineering of the project. Other qualified personnel may be used at the applicant’s discretion to provide technical support. However, all work plans must be approved by the UCCD Board of Supervisors to be considered for funding. In addition, a specific implementation plan and contract will be developed between the selected project applicants and UCCD.
Natural Resource Projects
Additional funding for agriculture and natural resource conservation projects is available through outside sources and partnering agencies.
This program was developed to help get landowners and livestock producers involved with rangeland monitoring efforts on public lands. Many livestock producers in the area lease federal grazing permits for their livestock throughout the year. The Wyoming Department of Agriculture provides funding for federal land management personnel, range contractors, grazing allotment permittee's, and conservation district range specialists to work together to develop range monitoring locations and to collect the necessary data that the federal land management agency has to provide. This will greatly help the renewal process for livestock grazing permits, while promoting communication between the livestock producer and the federal/local government agencies. Below is the link for the RHAP program and additional information. Come by the conservation district office anytime with questions regarding the RHAP program on your federal grazing allotments.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Implement conservation practices, or activities, such as conservation planning, that address natural resource concerns on their land
Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA): Construct or improve water management or irrigation structures
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP): Improve resource conditions such as soil quality, water quality, water quantity, air quality, habitat quality, and energy.
NRCS Lyman Field Office
Jeff Lewis - District Conservationist
100 East Sage Street
Lyman, WY 82937