LCCD hosts annual tree pickup, which will help grow windbreaks around Laramie County

A couple LCCD employees carry trees to a local residents car Friday morning.
A couple LCCD employees carry trees to a local residents car Friday morning.(Will Thomas)
Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 6:45 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - For decades, the Laramie County Conservation District has been designing windbreaks across the community using trees. Each spring, local landowners who plant the trees themselves, swing by the district’s building to pick up dozens of trees.

“Today we have roughly 20,000 trees going out the door and in the next month we will plant the other 20 to 25,000 for landowners throughout Laramie County,” said LCCD District Manager, Shaun Kirkwood.

The tree program is nothing new, and has been a major part of LCCD’s community focus for many years. Kirkwood said using trees to create windbreaks is important for the Laramie County community, and is for much more than just wind and snow control.

“There’s a wildlife benefit because it gives them shade and cover, it gives them food forage. We also have issues with erosion, we have highly erodible lands around here, so trees help buffer that wind so we don’t have that erosion problem.”

Kirkwood said they will have some trees leftover after today and if you are interested in obtaining them, you can reach LCCD at (307)-772-2600.

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