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Free, new guide offers tips to improve property usage

Aug 12, 2012 - From staff reports

A free guide by Wyoming resource experts is available with land information ranging from soil and forest issues to septic systems and growing local food for landowners and others.

Wyoming Rural Living Resources is available at University of Wyoming Extension, conservation district, weed and pest and Wyoming State Forestry Division offices.

The 76-page guide is produced by the Small Acreage Issue Team, a collaboration of UW Extension personnel and resource group representatives in Wyoming.

"The guide is a convenient, user-friendly source of practical information on common areas of interest for those living on rural acreages," said Jennifer Thompson, team coordinator, with UW Extension.

"The guide can help you keep your land healthy, help maintain or add to its value and help residents enjoy their rural lifestyles," Thompson said.

The guide that is specific to Wyoming includes information about water-wise landscaping, water rights, water quality, soils, grazing, wildlife, defensible space to reduce wildfire risks, windbreaks, weed management and growing food.

Natural resource experts with diverse backgrounds and experiences from around the state wrote the articles.

"They are written from a practical, hands-on perspective in hopes of providing readers applicable information to assist with land management issues or concerns," said Rachel Mealor, UW Extension range specialist and team chair.

Thompson said the Barnyards and Backyards group had been considering publishing a resource guide for some time.

"People in local communities had communicated a need for such a resource," she said.

"We finally sat down and got to it. In part, it is a product of seven years of experience and work thinking about useful information for Wyoming landowners and the resulting Barnyards & Backyards magazine articles and other project activities that came out of the process," she said.

The guide is also available free online. Visit the website barnyardsandbackyards.com.

The link to the guide is under the "New!" tab.

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