District Information

Last Modified on September 8, 2018

Saratoga Encampment Rawlins Conservation District


Wyoming consists of 97,914 square miles or 62,664,941 acres.  For comparison the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut total the same square miles!


Carbon County was organized in 1868.  Prior to that, about 3,400 square miles in the center of the county were once part of the Republic of Texas and then part of the State of Texas until 1852.


Carbon County is one of the most diverse counties in the State.  It is known as the home of all four big game animals—elk, deer, moose and antelope.  The landscapes range from alpine meadows to high deserts.  Industry includes, but not limited to, agriculture, mining, tourism, petroleum, and natural gas.


The grasslands, sagebrush deserts, riparian corridors, forests, lakes, rivers, streams, and all the areas in between that provide us with room to roam, wildlife to view, and an opportunity to “get away from it all”, are natural resources that everyone values and appreciates.  SERCD is committed to the enhancement, conservation and preservation of these resources that make this part of Wyoming special.


SER Conservation District is a microcosm of the State.  It encompasses the same vast diversity of landscapes, wildlife and industry.  The natural resource issues facing the district are just as diverse—wind energy and its impacts, preservation of open spaces, agriculture and its contribution to the economic stability of the district, on going coal bed methane development and conservation issues facing producers, recreationists and municipal users.



SER Conservation District is approaching 65 years of conservation work in central Carbon County.  Even though the issues are more complex the mission remains the same: “Develop and direct programs to promote long-term conservation and enhancement of our natural resources while contributing to the economic stability of the District and its residents.”

The  Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District (see map) was organized in 1945, under Wyoming Conservation District Law, by members of the ranching community. Its charge is to exercise responsibility for the conservation of soil, water, and natural resources within its boundaries. The current expanded District was formed in 1972 to take in all lands and people in an effort to address any natural resource issues people find important.


Each district is governed by a board of five supervisors. Supervisors are locally elected officials who serve without pay. By state statute three are rural, one is urban and one is designated as at-large. They are elected to staggered four-year terms. Districts are the only local government, charged specifically by state statute, with natural resource management.