Conservation District Starts Process for Land Purchase

Sheridan County Conservation District directors have taken the first step to acquiring the property that includes the former Acme Power Plant north of Sheridan.

Action came during the directors' meeting Tuesday night and is part of the Tongue River Initiative that would use federal and state programs to perform environmental assessment and environmental reclamation on the property.

The conservation district is part of a partnership that also includes the Sheridan Community Land Trust. Conservation District Manager Carrie Rogaczewski said ownership of the property by the district is needed in order to qualify for funding. She said the mission is to maintain and enhance the current agricultural character, wildlife habitat and natural resources of the Tongue River Valley.

In other action during Tuesday's meeting, conservation district directors approved a Goose Creek sewer contract and Tongue River diversion agreement and heard updates on district projects. Awards also were presented to two of the winners of the district's recent poster contest. Rogaczewski said the district has been told by the state land office that it will need a temporary use permit to keep its gauge at the Prairie Dog Creek site for next year. She said that will cost $100 in addition to a $50 application fee. She also announced that the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts convention will be Nov. 15-17 in Riverton. She and two of the directors will be attending.