The Lower Wind River Conservation District is one of 34 in Wyoming and three in Fremont County. The District was formed on June 16, 1969 when the Pavillion and Wind River Conservation Districts were merged. Our district encompasses nearly 2 million acres including the communities of Pavillion, Kinnear, Riverton, Shoshoni, Moneta, Arapahoe, Saint Stephens, Lysite and Lost Cabin. The Midvale Irrigation District (a United States Bureau of Reclamation project) as well as the two privately owned irrigation districts (LeClair and Riverton Valley) operate within this conservation district.
We are the local voice for natural resource conservation matters. We are members of the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts (state voice) and the National Association of Conservation Districts (national voice). We work closely with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a federal agency. This group provides technical assistance to us and people in our district. We are located at 625 E Madison Avenue Suite 1, Riverton.
The Lower Wind River Conservation District is operated by a five-member Board of Supervisors whose members are elected by the citizens living within the boundaries of the District. Members serve four-year, staggered terms without pay. Three of the five supervisors represent the rural areas of our district while one represents the urban areas and one serves as an at-large representative. There are two employees of the District who manage the books, apply for grants and plans and carry out projects authorized by the Board of Supervisors. The District offers all programs and services on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs or marital and familial status.
The Lower Wind River Conservation District Board of Supervisors appreciates the support of our citizens by passing the mill levy in November of 2016. Other sources of funding are the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, seedling tree and shrub sales, No-Till Drill rental, and grants. A budget is proposed in the spring of the year and is presented to the public for comment. The financial records of the District are annually reviewed by a certified public accountant.
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Facts about Lower Wind River Conservation District
- It encompasses 2977 Square Miles / 1,905,025 acres
- Population within the district – 22,111 (2010)
- 39.75% of the surface ownership within the district is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Wind River Indian Reservation encompasses 26.19%, followed by private ownership at 21.24%, State of Wyoming at 7%, Bureau of Reclamation at 4%, and Other at 2%
- Irrigated Acres within the district – 134,554 acres
- Mean Precipitation within the district – 17 inches
- Highest point in the watershed is 8634 ft., lowest point in the watershed is 4557 ft.
*Facts and pie chart produced from SuiteWater: https://suitewater.wygisc.org
The Lower Wind River Conservation District is dedicated to local development and implementation of programs to provide leadership and technical assistance for the conservation of the District’s natural resources, agricultural heritage and resource base through preventing soil erosion, protecting water quality and quantity, conserving and enhancing wildlife habitat, protecting the district tax base and promoting the health, safety and general welfare of the residents of the District.