‘Native Prairie Island Project’ gives free wildflower seeds to Laramie County residents

Native flowers found east of Cheyenne
Native flowers found east of Cheyenne(Mia Johnson)
Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 5:48 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Land owners in Laramie County can do their part in improving our ecosystem. The best part? It won’t cost a thing.

The solution? Planting wildflowers.

“Pollinators are a big issue across the west, across the U.S., and just a big concern these days,” said Laramie County Conservation District Wildlife and Range Specialist, Rex Lockman. “About three years ago, I come up with an idea to use leach fields, since they have supplemental moisture, to introduce native wildflower species.”

The ‘Native Prairie Island Project’ aims to increase wildflowers, which, conservation experts say, would attract pollinators, and over time, improve the state of our environment.

Laramie County Conservation District spokespeople said the native flora has reduced over time due to land disturbance, herbicides and invasive weeds.

The leach fields in newer subdivisions would provide the perfect outlet to plant wildflower seeds. The environmental impacts would reduce soil erosion and discourage weed invasion around new houses.

The Laramie County Conservation District and the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society have partnered together on this initiative after receiving the 2022 ChangeX Cheyenne Community Challenge Grant.

The grant, sponsored by the Microsoft Datacenter Community Development Team, allows the District to offer free seed packets to county residents, as a trial project.

“If this trial program works and we see an increase in these pollinator plots, then I think it can have a big impact on the bees and all sorts of pollinators and wildlife in the area,” said Lockman.

Each bag of seeds covers 4,000 square feet of leach fields. There is also a bigger bag option to mix with grass seed that covers up to 4 acres. For more information on the project, or to pick-up a free bag of seeds, call (307) 772-2600.

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