The five-member non-partisan Board of Supervisors meets monthly and receives no salary or benefits. They set policy, budget and choose staff for the district. The district is divided into two parts, rural and urban. Three serve from the rural area (two vacancies this election), one represents the urban area (one vacancy), and one is elected at-large (no vacancy this year). Those elected will join Jim Rogers (Rural) and Robert Shine (At-Large) whose terms do not expire.
What motivates you to run and makes you especially suited for this public office?
Ruth A. Shepherd (Urban): I have served on the LRCD Board of Supervisors for the past four years, and I am dedicated to the successful implementation of the projects that are brought to the Board by Albany County residents. Currently I am employed at the University of Wyoming, as the International Exchange/Study Abroad Coordinator. Although not necessarily part of my service to LRCD, I have the privilege of working with the best students, and they share their impressions from around the world. Natural resource conservation, especially water availability and water safety, is a topic of global concern. I believe this public discussion is invaluable.
Larry C. Munn (Rural): As an incumbent on the LRCD Board, I am interested in seeing through to completion the cleanup and restoration to productive use of the old refinery on Cedar Street. I would also like to help secure further protection of Laramie's water supply into the future. For 33 years, I taught soil science in UW's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and I believe my knowledge of local and state resource issues is useful to the Board.
Carol Price (Rural): I am motivated to run for this public office because my family owns a ranch. Good stewardship practices for range and water management are important to us.
What local projects are you most interested in that LRCD is currently doing or that they could do in the future?
Ruth A. Shepherd (Urban): The living snow fences that are planted throughout the county provide windbreaks for snow during blizzards, habitat for small wildlife on the prairie, as well as provide a soil barrier from wind erosion. The school and community gardens are providing Laramie residents with the experience of raising food, cultivating better soils while using less water. During the peak season, and during the winter preparation time, approximately 75-100 individuals are served each week on the garden projects. And tackling the cleanup of the Yttrium Plant on Cedar Street, a brownfield cleanup, are projects that I am proud to be part of.
Larry C. Munn (Rural): In addition to the Cedar Street refinery cleanup, I am interested in the diversity of projects the LRCD supports on ranches and public lands, on small acreages and within Laramie and Rock River- the two "urban" areas in the district. We have tried to spread opportunities to support good use of natural resources across the community. I also believe the LRCD's support of youth education projects is very important.
Carol Price (Rural): I am interested in educating the small acreage owners, throughout the county, about invasive species/weed management, erosion control, and water quality. Range and water management is important for all sizes of operations because of how the trickle down affect, of not being a good steward of the land, impacts your neighbors. They then have to spend their own resources to control a problem that could have been mitigated by early detection and prevention.
What changes or threats to the environment around the Laramie River have you seen that concern you?
Ruth A. Shepherd (Urban): I believe we have ongoing projects to continue, like the Yttrium Plant, with additional compliance requirements that LRCD will finish during the next election term. As a community reliant on the importation of food, I especially support the school/community garden projects. LRCD is working to educate younger residents and their families about the benefits of raising vegetables they consume. Laramie is growing, and the drinking water resources are reliant on the Laramie River and the Casper aquifer in the region of Pole Mountain. Expansion of the city, and industrial growth are best addressed under the lens of proposed water uses.
Larry C. Munn (Rural): My biggest concern about the Laramie River is related to maintaining late season flow in the river that supports its aquatic habitat. I would like to see a better understanding of the positive role of flood irrigation in providing return flows to the Laramie River and other streams in the LRCD.
Carol Price (Rural): Some threats to Albany County are weeds, soil compaction, and erosion. These all have an impact on the conservation of the soil, water, and wildlife habitat. If these issues are managed properly, they will help protect the tax base. Tourists want to see beautiful scenery and wildlife. Proper land management helps to provide habitat for livestock and wildlife, which brings in tourism.