Curt Gowdy Cheat Grass and Wildlife Enhancement Project

Laramie County Conservation District attempts to save wildlife at a state park.
Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 10:08 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Today at Curt Gowdy, the first phase of a multi-year project that has begun intended to control cheat-grass and other weeds over the entire park.

It may not come as a surprise that Curt Gowdy State Park is Wyoming’s most populated state park sustaining over 100,000 visitors per year. The Mule deer populations across the west and including Wyoming have suffered a 40% decline over the past 20 years.

To combat the issue The Laramie County Conservation District is using a new herbicide advertised to suppress cheat-grass for up to four years.

“If we dont keep the native vegetation in a good healthy condition then eventually the cheat-grass will take over in some situations and there won’t be any native vegetation for the wildlife area and essentially become void of wild life or rather a lot less used by wildlife.”

Curt Gowdy cheat-grass project
Curt Gowdy cheat-grass project(KGWN)

This morning, a helicopter applied the herbicide over 500 acres of mountainous terrain. In hopes Eliminating cheat-grass will help restore the vegetative diversity in this ecosystem surrounding Curt Gowdy’s land.

The Conservation District also says In the future Curt Gowdy visitors can expect to see increased wildflowers, healthier shrub communities, and aspen stands which translates into more wildlife.

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