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Drought contingency plan workshop in Rock Springs for USFS and BLM permittees

CHEYENNE (March 4, 2014) – The Wyoming Department of Agriculture will be hosting a workshops to help United States Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) permittees develop drought contingency plans for their grazing permits in Rock Springs at the BLM Office at 280 N Hwy 191 on March 11, 2014 from 2 to 5:30 p.m.

The workshop will help participants understand the role of drought contingency plans play with respect to their grazing permit and the importance of developing a plan. Along with this, there will be a focus on improving dialogue with federal agencies and developing a better understanding of the financial impacts of proactive planning for drought by comparing cost-savings of a contingency plan to costs for emergency feed, transportation and more.

During the workshop, presentations and group discussions featuring local agency staff and permittees will provide an opportunity to hear from others about best management practices and resources in their specific region to help address issues that arise during a drought. Specifically, the workshop will cover basic components of drought contingency plans, communication strategies between permittees and federal agencies, the financial impacts of proactive drought planning and more.

Partners for this project include the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, the Wyoming State Grazing Board the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service.

For more information about the workshops, visit the Wyoming Department of Agriculture website at http://wyagric.state.wy.us/divisions/nrp/mediation-program/drought-workshops. If you'd like more information, contact Lucy Pauley by phone 307-777-8788 or email lucy.pauley@wyo.gov. The workshops are made possible in part by a grant from the Western Center for Risk Management, through work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2010-49200-06203. F

–Wyo. Dept. of Agriculture