Crook County Natural Resource District – May 7

Call to Order – CCNRD Chairman Wayne Garman called to order the regular Board Meeting of the Crook County Natural Resource District (CCNRD) at 5:04 p.m. on May 7, 2014, at the USDA Service Center located in Sundance, Wyoming.

Attendance – Board Members: Chairman Wayne Garman, Vice Chairman Ted Parsons, and Treasurer Clinton Streeter ; CCNRD Employees: TJ Schrall, Jinx Hilty and Sarah Anderson; Guests: Carmen McIntyre, Dave Heck, Todd Caltrider and Keela Deaton

Minutes – The CCNRD Board of Supervisors reviewed the Minutes from the April 1, 2014, regular Board meeting. Clinton Streeter moved to approve the April 1st, 2014 Minutes as read and amended; Ted Parsons seconded this motion. No discussion followed.

The CCNRD Board of Supervisors reviewed the Minutes from the April 7, 2014, special Board meeting. Clinton Streeter moved to approve the April 7, 2014, Special Meeting Minutes; Ted Parsons seconded this motion. No discussion followed.

Financials –

The CCNRD Board of Supervisors read through the April 2014 Financial Vouchers. Treasurer Clinton Streeter opened a sealed checking account statement from Sundance State Bank. The Board discussed transferring money from the Sundance State Bank checking account to the savings account. Clinton Streeter moved to approve the April 2014 Financial Voucher as presented for payment and for the transfer of funds from the Sundance State Bank checking account to savings; Ted Parsons seconded this motion. No discussion followed. Motion carried.

The CCNRD Board of Supervisors discussed the budget request to the Crook County Commissioners.

CCNRD Financial Manager Catherine “Jinx” Hilty provided an audit update to the Board and informed them of documents required for the audit. Mrs. Hilty recorded mileage from the Board of Supervisors travels related to the CCNRD.

Open Issues to Address –

NRCS: District Conservationist Keela Deaton discussed program updates and the Farm Bill; Mrs. Deaton provided a Conservation Plan for Highly Erodible Land to the Board for review and signature.

WY Game and Fish Department: Sheridan Regional Terrestrial Habitat Biologist Todd Caltrider updated the Board on his position with Game and Fish, and discussed habitat projects, including strategic habitat plans, a cottonwood propagation program for riparian improvement projects, and extension services.

Mountain Pine Beetle Mitigation Program: CCNRD Inspector Dave Heck provided a final report to the Board regarding MPB treatment inspections covering over 25,000 acres of land in Crook County. Mr. Heck provided recommendations to the Board concerning treatment and contract specifications for next year. Sarah Anderson provided a 2013/2014 project update and final budget for the Board to review.

Water Quality: TJ Schrall provided a document regarding sampling analysis, and updates about sampling techniques, new WDEQ requirements, needed supplies, and postage rate increases for overnight samples.

•The Board reviewed three landowner and leasee consent forms for sampling on private and public property. Ted Parsons moved to approve signing “Landowner/Conservation District Agreement for Water Quality Monitoring Activities” consent forms; Clinton Streeter seconded this motion. No discussion followed. Motion carried.

• The Board discussed the partnership with the Campbell County Conservation District (CCCD) and collaborative sampling efforts. The Board reviewed a Cooperating Agreement with the CCCD. Ted Parsons moved to approve signing “Water Quality Monitoring Cooperative Agreement: 2014 – 2015 between the Campbell County Conservation District (CCCD) and the Crook County Natural Resource District (CCNRD); Clinton Streeter seconded this motion. No discussion followed. Motion carried.

Rare Earth Mining: The Board reviewed and discussed comments in response to USFS scoping notice and the comment summary that is proposed to be completed by May 16. Mrs. Anderson mentioned a correspondence with various local stakeholders and government agencies.

NEW Issues to Address – CCNRD Board Members: The Board discussed member resignation and an additional two positions that will be up for reelection. The Board discussed advertising in the paper and posting notices.

Adjournment – CCNRD Chairman Wayne Garman adjourned the regular Board Meeting at 8:30 p.m. on May 7, 2014. The next regular CCNRD Board meeting is scheduled for June 4, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the USDA Service Center in Sundance, WY.