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Conservation districts head to southwest Wyoming for annual meeting

Written by Saige

Evanston – The state’s local natural resource conservation district leaders, staff and state and federal natural resource partners will be meeting and hearing about top priority resource challenges and working on policy issues for the coming year.

  The Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts annual convention will be held Nov. 14-16, 2018 in Evanston at the Historic Roundhouse and Rail Yards. A detailed schedule, pre-registration, vendor and sponsorship information is located online by visiting conservewy.com or calling 307-632-5716 to request additional information.

The Best Western Dunmar Inn and Holiday Inn Express are both serving as host hotels for the event, and they can be reached at 307-789-3770 and 307-789-7999, respectively. Be sure to ask for the convention rate.

  On Nov. 14, attendees will get an update on the efforts of the ENDOW Rural Council from Conservation District Representative Jaime Tarver of the Campbell County Conservation District. 

That afternoon will include a Wyoming Roundup highlighting Conservation District projects from across the state. These will include the Acme Power Plant Reclamation project in Sheridan County, Invasive Russian Olive removal on Clear Creek in Johnson County, Old Refinery Remediation in Albany County, Restoration of the North Platte River in Natrona County and local Conservation District roles in National Environmental Policy Act in Sublette County. 

  Speakers on Nov. 15 covering Farm Bill reauthorization and national conservation programs available to Wyoming communities include Jimmy Bramblett, Natural Resources Conservation Service Deputy Chief of Programs for Conservation Planning and Program Delivery, and Coleman Garrison, National Association of Conservation Districts Government Affairs director.  

Following will be an afternoon of committee meetings where several updates and policy issues will be discussed. Committee meeting agendas are available at conservewy.com.

  During the evening of Nov. 16, the annual Live Auction and Social, benefitting the Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation’s support of community driven conservation efforts, will be held. 

Convention wraps up on Nov. 16 with the business meeting, including an election of new Association leadership.

The Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, which is made up of 34 Conservation Districts and 170 elected officials in Wyoming, is dedicated to conserving, enhancing and protecting the natural resources of our great state. Conservation Districts across the state assist local communities and both public and private landowners and managers to maintain, sustain and continue to improve Wyoming’s natural resources.