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Jennifer Thompson

Small Acreage Outreach Coordinator

University of Wyoming Extension

5015 Stone Road

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: (307) 223-3275


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Property Improvement Project

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Does your rural property have problems, potential or both? Follow along as the Barnyards & Barnyards team explores and tackles real world issues on properties in Wyoming. Find how-to videos and progress updates on Facebook and YouTube. Chime in with your questions and comments.

Project Facebook Page (information and links to all projects)

Project YouTube video channel (all videos)

Or follow each project by location click on one of the following:


Wheatland area property

Potential: 80 acres, warmer area of the state, pasture area with some irrigation water available, reasonably good soil

Problems: years of over-grazing, weed invasion, past Russian olive infestation, not enough distributed livestock water

Introductory article (pdf)

Woo-hoo! I (successfully) install a livestock watering pipeline (pdf)

Project wrap up article (pdf)

YouTube videos


Wheatland Property

Vedauwoo area property

Potential: 37 acres, relatively undisturbed landscape, variety of types of vegetation sagebrush & grass, aspen, many species of conifers, riparian area (creek), abundant wildlife, owners interested in renewable energy sources

Problems: Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic in progress, some small weed infestations, White Pine Blister Rust, Ips beetle, some aspen not very healthy, severe snow drifting issues in winter

Introductory article (pdf)

Project update article (pdf)

YouTube videos

Vedauwoo Property

Casper area property

Potential: 20 acres, room for livestock, wildlife

Problems: on fragile stabilized sand dunes, building activities caused "blowout" which is challenging to re-vegetate, little/no landscaping and antelope eat landscaping plants, water-wise plantings needed due to limited water supply, cheatgrass infestation

Introductory article (pdf)

Project update article (pdf)

YouTube videos

Casper Property

Read the Article on the Property Improvement Project

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