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Small Acreages|University of Wyoming Extension

Country living is one of the great rewards of life in the West. Traveling across Wyoming’s wonderful farmlands, ranch lands, and forest lands, it is easy to see why people want to live here on their own property.

But rural living is new to many, and sustaining the land’s productive qualities while minimizing impacts to surrounding lands and wildlife can be daunting.

Recognizing this need the Small Acreage Project was formed to provide information on how to best conserve and enhance natural resources. The project is an interagency effort supported by the University of Wyoming Extension, Historic Trails Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Resource and Conservation Districts, Audubon Wyoming and others.

There are a number of ways you can learn about managing your property from the Small Acreage team.

Read our Magazine: Barnyards & Backyards is a quarterly informational magazine that contains articles written by natural resource experts on topics such as pasture management, landscaping, irrigation, drinking water quality, weed control, enterprise selection and management, wildlife habitat, and septic system maintenance. Each issue also features landowners who practice good land management. They discuss the challenges they have faced as landowners in Wyoming and the strategies they used to overcome them.

Visit our website: the Barnyards & Backyards provides many resources on small acreage management. Apart from publications provided by Small Acreage Team partners there are many links to useful information.

Interact One on One: The Small Acreage Project team members help solve resource-management issues on-site.

Attend our Workshops: Informational workshops are an opportunity for landowners to get together and talk about problems they have encountered and to attend expert-led sessions to learn about different topics regarding land management. Contact us to see when the next workshop is available.

Our vision is

To create a culture of stewardship among small acreage land managers by promoting sustainable practices which enhance the ecological, economic and social aspects of the land and its people.


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