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kraig WY    Posted 10-24-2002 at 07:16:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
So this is where my tax dollars are going.

Went to a Small Acres-Big Management workshop last night. A work shop to manage small farm/ranches put on by the Natural Conservation Resource District. Had a varity of speakers but none seemed to be on the right sheet of music.

Fish and Game says not to build shelter belts because it cause game to gather and become too congested. State Forestry says build shelter belts because it makes for wind brakes and attracts wildlife.

County Extension Officer says to cross fence pastures to increase grasing, Fish and Game says cross fencing hurts animals.

One guy from the forest service says build wind brakes to conserve energy. Next forest service guy says wind brakes cause drifting so build snow fences at least 150 feet from the house and road.

Best one was forest service will pay for the cost of planting trees and the fire supression secion of the forest service will pay you to cut them.

I guess I'm just too dumb to see the big picture.


Stmar-Wy    Posted 10-24-2002 at 12:27:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kraig, Tell me more about Forest Service paying for the trees. We have spent $$$ on trees that either die or are fodder for critters so it would be nice to get some at least at reduced prices. Before any comments from the board, yes we do fence them and yes we do have them on a drip system. Just that in Wyoming the elements are harsh for trees and other living things. Thanks in advance.


kraig WY    Posted 10-24-2002 at 14:15:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What part of Wyoming are you in. Try your county Natrual Conservation Resourse District, and/or STATE Forestry office. Its a cost sharing deal. Also if you live near a state/county/US highway check with the DOT. They have found out the live snow fences are about 30% of the cost of wooden snow fences and last 5 times as long. Also your county extension and/or State Forestry Officer should beable to tell you what trees or bushes you can plant that animals wont eat. For example I have some Russian Olives the nothing bothers. Also the Autobun will help but to what extent I'm not sure.


Stmar-Wy    Posted 10-24-2002 at 14:37:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am in Buffalo, foothills of the Big Horns. Very few trees and little water. We do have a good well and keep everything on the drip system but you know how the winds dry things out here. Had Russian Olives at our last place and they were o.k. We have some evergreens, apple, birtch and Can. cherry now but need a lot more. Thinking maybe hybrid poplars. Thanks for the info.


Nathan(GA)    Posted 10-24-2002 at 08:11:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
They probably just need a few more million tax dollars to do a study and make sure who's right.


LH    Posted 10-24-2002 at 07:31:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like typical political stuff to me, and they obviously managed to cover all the bases and opinions so no one can blame them if something doesn't work as planned.


George    Posted 10-24-2002 at 07:35:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for putting into words what I've noticed myself. I guess it comes back to: do what common sense tells you, then look for the agency that will back that decision.


June in SD    Posted 10-25-2002 at 08:41:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It's good to see someone with a good grasp of politics.


Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-24-2002 at 08:56:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
George, you shouldn't use COMMON SENSE and AGENCY in the same sentence. Just keep digging holes so you can fill them back in again, thats what they want:<)
Later Bob


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