SHERIDAN — Kleenburn Recreation Area has just received a bird conservation designation.
The Bighorn Chapter of Audubon Society, with support from Audubon Rockies and Sheridan County, is working to designate the Kleenburn Recreation Area near Acme as an Important Bird Area (IBA).
All are invited to join Bighorn Audubon and Sheridan County representatives for a celebration of the new designation at the Kleenburn parking lot at 9 a.m. Sunday.
“Kleenburn Recreation Area has a unique and interesting history,” County Commissioner Mike Nickel said in a press release. “The property was conveyed to Sheridan County in early ‘70s by Homer and Mildred Scott and the Padlock Ranch and was to be used for park and recreational purposes.
“In 2009 construction to reclaim the land from the abandoned Kleenburn Mine began with a collaboration between Wyoming Game and Fish and the Wyoming DEQ Abandon Mine Lands Division,” Nickel continued. “There were other donations and contributions from local contractors and others to complete the project..”
According to Dr. Jackie Canterbury, president of the local Bighorn Audubon Society, Kleenburn Recreation Area met the criteria for the designation because of its location on the Tongue River and its importance for birds that use this riparian habitat throughout most of their life cycle.
“Rivers such as the Tongue provide essential habitat for birds and other wildlife and provide us with incredible opportunities,” Canterbury said in the press release.