SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Conservation District and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service are currently accepting applications for water-quality improvement projects and conservation easement projects under the Tongue River Regional Conservation Partnership Program.
The current sign-up deadline for 2018 projects is Nov. 2, 2018.
The RCPP is a USDA program that uses public-private partnerships to improve land and water resources.
The Upper Tongue River Watershed RCPP is one of two projects in Wyoming that were selected for funding under this program in 2015 out of more than 600 pre-proposals submitted nationally.
The Upper Tongue River Watershed RCPP project was developed as a partnership among The Nature Conservancy, the Sheridan Community Land Trust, the Sheridan County Conservation District, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and other partners. It was awarded $1.9 million dollars for projects within the Tongue River Watershed, including the Goose Creek and Prairie Dog Creek watersheds within Sheridan County.
Of that amount, approximately $500,000 was available for conservation easement projects under the USDA Agricultural Conservation Easement Program/Agricultural Land Easements. Approximately $1 million was available under the USDA EQIP program.
Projects can include fencing and stockwater for riparian area and grazing management improvements, irrigation diversion and infrastructure improvements and others.
For more information about the program, contact Andrew Cassiday with the USDA NRCS, Sheridan Field Office at (307) 683-4192.