Completed Agricultural Projects

The Teton Conservation District works with land owner and managers to improves agricultural processes within District boundaries. Through collaboration with partner agencies and organizations, TCD aims to promote the use of sustainable and productive agricultural techniques throughout the Jackson Hole Valley. Read about some of TCD's completed agricultural projects below.

  Poodle Ranch/4 Lazy F Ranch Headgate

Poodle Ranch/4 Lazy F Ranch Headgate

Poodle ranch/4 lazy f ranch

The Poodle Ranch/4 Lazy F Ranch agricultural project involved the repair of a deteriorated and collapsed headgate. The headgate is the key control of irrigation water on the ranch, making its repair pivotal to the continued productivity of the land. TCD, along with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and staff at the Poodle Ranch/4 Lazy E Ranch, collaborated to reconstruct the headgate, with machinery and manpower provided by the Ranch,  engineering expertise and funding from NRCS, and TCD funding support for the purchase of headgates, engineering, concrete, and machinery.

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Benefits of the project include:

  • Efficient delivery of water resources to the field ditches and farm fields.
  • Capacity to continue surface water irrigation of several hundred acres under conservation easement with the Jackson Hole Land Trust.
 

Wilson Ranch

TCD, NRCS, and the Wilson family combined resources to support improvements on the Wilson Ranch located in Alta, WY. The project involved the replacement of a diversion structure off of the North Side Canal, fed by Teton Creek, which supplies water to a farm system on the ranch. NRCS provided engineering and design, as well as funding, for the project, through their Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  TCD also provided funding for the project.  

Benefits of the project include:

  • Replacement of the diversion structure improved irrigation efficiency.
  • Replacement of the mainline reduced water loss and soil erosion due to leakage.
 

Munger Mountain allotment, bridger-teton national forest

The purpose of this project was to implement range infrastructure improvements on a special use permit allotment within the Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF). TCD worked with the permit holder, Kim Clark, the Forest Service, and Fish Creek Excavation to assess and implement the improvements to the allotment.

The project included digging out traps on two cattle guards, making weld repairs to the cattle guard grates, rebuilding adjacent fencing, and hanging new swinging gates.  BTNF reviewed and approved the project, and provided materials.  TCD provided funding for Fish Creek Excavation to operate a backhoe, and provide a service truck and welder.  Clark and TCD provided labor to support the project. 

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Benefits of the project include:

  • Improving cattle guards allowed for proper cattle containment and the rotational grazing plan throughout the allotment.
  • Traffic flow for public motorized vehicles was improved.