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May 25, 2007

Contact: Lesley A. Collins

UW Conservation Corp Students Start Work on Noxious Weed Project:
Students will Survey Weeds in Weston County Oil Fields

On May 29, 2007, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Newcastle Field Office Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC), and Rock Well Petroleum are teaming up on a weed identification project.

The project will consist of weed identification in and adjacent to oil fields located in Weston County, Wyo. The collected data will be used to develop preferred methods and procedures for weed containment and eradication.

"This is great opportunity for the WCC, BLM and Rockwell to partner and determine the best methods for controlling undesirable non-native plants (noxious weeds) invasion around oil and gas fields," noted Newcastle Field Manager Viola Hillman.

The Wyoming Conservation Corps provides Wyoming’s young adults important personal and technical skills and experience in natural resource and environmental career fields, through projects focusing on improving Wyoming’s public lands. Participants gain first hand experience dealing with Wyoming’s complex landscape, providing them with real world skills and a deeper appreciation for the state’s environmental challenges and riches.

BLM will be providing project oversight and management of the project. Rockwell Petroleum is donating Global Positioning Units (GPS) for the students to map weed locations.

WCC will have two supervisors and eight students who will spend ten days camping out on public lands. They will map and catalog weeds in the following oil and gas fields: Mush Creek, Skull Creek, Osage, East Fiddler Creek and Finn/Shirley.

For more information contact Jack Hanson at 307-746-6617.