The Crook County Natural Resource District’s mission is to provide coordinated leadership in resource conservation to educate, assist, and meet the needs of Crook County resource users.
The Crook County Natural Resource District’s vision is to establish an awareness of natural resource concerns and provide landowners in Crook County with the appropriate education, technical skills, funding, and support to improve and conserve our natural resources for the present and the future.
Conservation District Law
State Statutes 11-16-103 entitled Legislative Declarations and Policy states the following:
(a) It is hereby declared that the farm and grazing lands of Wyoming are among the basic assets of the state; that improper land use practices cause and contribute to serious erosion of these lands by wind and water; that among the consequences which would result from such conditions are the deterioration of soil and its fertility and the silting and sedimentation of stream channels, reservoirs, dams and ditches; that to conserve soil, and soil and water resources, and prevent and control soil erosion, it is necessary that land use practices contributing to soil erosion be discouraged and that appropriate soil conserving land use practices be adopted.
(b) It is hereby declared to be the policy of the legislature to provide for the conservation of the soil, and soil and water resources of this state, and for the control and prevention of soil erosion and for flood prevention or the conservation, development, utilization, and disposal of water, and thereby to stabilize ranching and farming operations, to preserve natural resources, protect the tax base, control floods, prevent impairment of dams and reservoirs, preserve wildlife, protect public lands, and protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the people of this state.
Conservation District History
In 1941, the Wyoming State Legislature recognized the need for a local governmental entity that would assist landowners and resource users with conservation practices and provide leadership in natural resource management issues and efforts. As a result, legislation was enacted which enabled the formation of local Conservation Districts and the election of Conservation District Supervisors. The Wyoming legislation authorizing the establishment of Conservation Districts was signed by Governor Smith on March 5, 1941.