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Uinta County’s Sabey recognized at area meeting

Posted: Monday, Sep 16th, 2013

Area 5 Conservation District representatives took some time Tuesday, Sept. 10, to help map weed infestation areas. PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis


Pioneer Editor

LYMAN – At the Area 5 district meeting for the state’s Conservation Districts Tuesday, Sept. 10, Kerry Sabey was named the Outstanding Area Employee.

The district meeting was held at the Heritage Barn in Lyman. Sabey is the director of the Uinta County Conservation District. Sabey has worked for the district for 12 years. According to District 5 director Shaun Sims, Sabey has also headed up the water quality-monitoring program for the district and oversaw the UCCD’s move to its present office.

(Also recognized at the meeting, was Dwight Bliss of the Sweetwater County Conservation District. He was named the Outstanding Area Supervisor. In Sweetwater, Bliss reorganized the district’s file system and helps out with the district’s computer issues and works on updating the Land and Resource Users Plan and Policies documents.)

Sims was reelected to the Area 5 director position.

At Tuesday’s meeting, district representatives were given a presentation on cheatgrass by Brian Mealor and Rachael Mealor, UW Extension. Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) is an introduced annual grass that is widely distributed on

rangelands in the western U.S. with probable southwestern Asian origins, according to Mike Pellant, Rangeland Ecologist, in 1966. It is a winter annual, and once established can decimate perennial grasses and sagebrush. According to Brian Mealor in his presentation, the problems in Wyoming aren’t as severe as neighboring states. And, cheatgrass is more prevalent on the eastern side of Wyoming.

The Mealors highlighted their new “Cheatgrass Management Handbook.” According to Brian, Cheatgrass is “all about seed production.” To control or eliminate the seeds is a time consuming and intensive program once the cheatgrass gets established. “Early detection and a rapid response” is what is needed to keep cheatgrass from becoming detrimental to an area, he said.

The handbook includes information on assessment, monitoring and techniques for treatment.

For the complete article see the 09-13-2013 issue.

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