Lander County Conservation District Happenings

Lander County Conservation District Happenings

Lander County Conservation District Happenings

Wow, we have been busy. The Lander County Conservation District recently completed several projects and has several in progress. Below is a summary of some of our projects:

• Spray noxious weeds in the Ferris Creek, Smith Creek, Schwin Ranch, Crum Canyon, Reese River/Silver Creek and Indian Creek range to increase forage potential

• Assisted a landowner with replacing wells, installing solar pump and trough to assist with cattle dispersion

•Cost share to install cattle guards at the Young Brother’s Ranch

Lander County Conservation District (LCCD) helps local landowners with a wide range of projects such as protecting and conserving soil and water, addressing noxious weed abatement, improving water and irrigation systems, enhancing wildlife habitat, and reducing damages caused by nature.

In addition to providing funding opportunities for agricultural producers and other private landowners through these programs, we may have funding for projects that support economic development, recreation, and scenic beauty within the conservation district’s plan of work.

As we move into the summer months, we would like to inform private landowners of the cost sharing opportunities available to control and manage noxious weeds and pests and other range improvements on private lands. 

The Lander County Conservation District uses our ability to act as grantees or subgrantees to administer conservation funding as it is made available.

Please contact the office at 815 North 2nd Street in Battle Mountain, check out our website at or call 775.455.2731 or 775.635.9207 for more information about our programs. 

We offer several funding opportunities. For detailed information regarding applications and qualifications please contact us. Funding is available to residents of Lander County and can only be used on land in Lander County.

Take advantage of opportunities as they come along as we work to adapt to the needs of our Lander County communities. 

Some of Our 

Recent Projects

• Home Ranch Project was a project on privately owned land located approximately 10 miles south of Battle Mountain to install a stock water trough. 

Phase 1 included drilling a well and installing a pump with solar panels to help replace a collapsed well. This allowed better dispersion for cattle while implementing the rotation schedule set forth by the National Riparian Team and local BLM and provided a much-needed source of water to the local antelope and mule deer populations, who would otherwise travel several additional miles for water when the pivots providing their water were closed for haying. LCCD provided funding for drilling, pump and solar panels as well as their installation (completed in February of 2022.  

• Ferris/Indian Creek, located approximately 20 miles south of Battle Mountain, has been a large, continuous weed spraying project since the 80's. Targeting both private and public lands, 

Lander County Conservation District teamed up with several participating agencies to spray 400 acres of the noxious weed "Hoary Cress" (also known as Whitetop.) Whitetop generally crowds out all other beneficial vegetation and destabilizes the creek beds. 

LCCD will continue contracts for spraying in 2022, as this project is deemed essential by local and state government for the wellbeing of the area.