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The strategy of low stress livestock handling has been documented to increase stubble heights along greenlines. Intuitively one could assume that since there is a significant increase in stubble height, then that fact alone would make for 'enhanced' late brood rearing habitat for the Greater Sage Grouse. In addition to an increase in stubble heights this low stress strategy increased utilization of uplands. In this case, on the surface, it would appear that the low stress strategy 'decreased' the quality of nesting and early brood rearing habitat. On the surface, it appears the strategy of low stress livestock handling has both pros and cons that need to be addressed on a more relevant management scale. The...
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Project Synopsis: this project would fund the labor for mechanical, biological, and chemical applications in an effort to gain control of Perennial pepperweed, Russian knapweed, whitetop, Marsh sowthistle, and saltcedar. The watershed drains into the North Platte River which currently does not have perennial pepperweed. This area has crucial winter range for deer and elk, and yearlong range for antelope. There are sage grouse wintering areas and brood-rearing habitat, as well as numerous leks, and mountain plover. There are perennial streams with several species of willow. There have been efforts to improve Sage Creek proper, which was listed on the 303d list of impaired streams due to habitat degradation, and...
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This project provides for reconstruction of a fence exclosure to enhance riparian and sensitive plant species habitat. The exclosure is in need of repair and its completion will also help achieve Standards for Healthy Rangelands and provide improved grazing management by allowing for rest and recovery of the vegetation within the exclosure boundaries. Wildlife species including elk, deer, antelope, and migratory waterfowl will benefit from this project. Water quality will also be improved. About 41 acres are located within the exclosure.
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This project provides for the reconstruction of an existing exclosure to improve riparian habitat along Pacific Creek north and east of Rock Springs. This project involves a 130 acre exclosure being rebuilt and improved. A portion of the existing exclosure will be modified to place fencing in a drier more stable area, reducing the need for maintenance. Riparian and wetland habitats, and water quality will be improved and the project will enhance use of the area by wildlife including white faced ibis and migratory waterfowl. Grazing management will also be improved and the project will help achieve Standards for Healthy Rangelands.
The existing cottonwood gallery forest dates to 1840s making this riparian corridor one of the oldest in North America with many of the individual cottonwoods decadent, of low vigor, and highly susceptible to insects and disease. Recent late springs with heavy snows simulating flood events (moist-soils) have rejuvenated several cottonwood clones that were otherwise considered dead. Initially 37 miles (4400 acres cottonwood forest existing) through the refuge along the Green River, followed by selected reaches from Fontenelle Dam through City of Green River. Total restoration about 50 river-reach miles with estimated average 120 acres per mile cottonwood forest, but width variable with some reaches none-total 6000...
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Relatively little is known about the interaction of land use patterns and population stability of the Northern Leatherside (Lepidomeda copei) which occurs in streams within the northeastern portions of the Bonneville Basin and select drainages of the upper Snake River of Western North America. Central to an understanding of effects of land use is a clear understanding of effects on habitat suitability and distribution. The research proposed includes studying the relationship among land use patterns, habitat structure, and population dynamics of Northern Leatherside. Specifically, we are interested in determining how habitat structure influences year-round occupancy, reproduction, and recruitment. Secondly, we will...
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Wheat Creek Meadows Wildlife Habitat Area (WCM) is a 1600 acre wildlife habitat area acquired by the BLM through a land exchange in 1988. It lies 15 miles north of Kemmerer, Wyoming on the south end of the Wyoming Range. The property has two perennial streams, Wheat and West Willow Creeks. The main goal for WCM was to provide protection of wildlife habitat and wetlands with special emphasis on maximizing the potential for wildlife species production and diversity. The area provides habitat for many Special Status Species including the sage grouse, white-faced ibis, sage sparrow, sage thrasher, loggerhead shrike, Brewer’s sparrow, pygmy rabbit; and possibly even the Idaho pocket gopher, yellow-billed cuckoo, northern...
Includes five rasters: CP_Soil_AWC - Available water capacity (floating point raster). CP_Soil_Depth_to_Restrict - Depth to first restrictive layer (floating point raster). CP_Soil_Depth_to_Restrict _Classed - Depth to first restrictive layer classified for modeling. CP_Soil_Texture_Classes - Soil texture classes. CP_Soil_Rast - Base raster that includes all values for preceding rasters in its attribute table.
Categories: Project; Types: ScienceBase Project; Tags: Habitat
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The private landowner and the FWS Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program propose to enhance approximately 72.3 acres of wetland through the construction and repair of dikes and water control structures on flood-irrigated land. Projects in the currently irrigated meadows comprise 14.3 acres of the 72.3 acres, which will be completed in the first phase of the project. Irrigation infrastructure will be enhanced to aid in spreading and backing flood-irrigation water on 14.3 acres of land within the approximately 575 acre complex of irrigated wet meadows. More specifically, 7 dikes and 8 water control structures will enhance the landowner’s ability to irrigate the land, while increasing open water in the wetlands. Incremental...
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The Star Valley Front project was brought up by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in the early 80's to help improve big game winter ranges. The project area contains mountain shrubland, big sagebrush, and aspen communities that are in less-than-suitable condition. The commumnities continue to decline due in large part to an over-representation of late-seral conditions and an insufficient frequency and extent of fire. Declining habitat conditions in the Star Valley Front project area are having negative effects on mule deer, elk, and moose due to declining forage conditions. Other wildlife species, including several migratory bird species, are being adversely impacted by the loss and decline in quality of mountain...
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Moose and caribou are two very important animals to both subsistence and sport hunting economies in Alaska. Their survival and reproduction is dependent on sufficient winter habitat and food sources, which may be threatened by climate change. During the winter, caribou eat lichens (organisms made up of algae and fungus) that grow on the snow-covered ground. Lichens will likely have a complex response to climate change, affected in different ways by factors like changing precipitation, wildfire, and competition with plants. For example, as temperatures warm, there will likely be less snow cover, exposing more of the lichen to caribou. Simultaneously, increased fire frequency could reduce lichen availability. Moose,...
Purchase a conservation easement on approximately 3,008 acres of private land classified as crucial winter range. The properties being considered for this conservation easement are located in both Sublette and Lincoln counties in the LaBarge Creek and the Fontenelle Creek drainages. These lands are classified as crucial winter range and yearlong range for elk, deer, moose, sage grouse and pronghorn. Additionally documented movement of pronghorn through this area to summer ranges to the north have identified this as an important migration corridor. Also numerous species non-game birds and mammals including Species Of Greatest Conservation Need identified in the Wyoming Game and Fish Departments “Comprehensive Wildlife...
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Project Synopsis: project will focus on springs, seeps and reservoirs in sage-grouse core habitat located within the Ruby Priority area. Other species of concern include: Bonneville and Colorado River Cutthroat trout, northern leopard frog, northern leatherside and roundtail chub, flannelmouth and bluehead suckers, big game, raptors and other migratory birds. Water resources will be mapped, inventoried and prioritized for future project/riparian developments. BLM mapped and inventoried approximately 190 reservoirs and 50 springs/seeps in 2011 (approximately one-third of the known springs, seep and reservoirs). BLM would like to continue this project and add to the existing knowledge. By using the data collected...
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Non-dynamically generated datasets are often rich with scenarios, allowing planners to characterize climate projection uncertainty and plan assumptions within that uncertainty. However, questions remain about the validity of downscaled data produced by such non-dynamical (statistical) methods, particularly when land-atmosphere interactions are important for defining local climate and when non-dynamical methods assume such interactions will remain static even as larger scale climate changes might influence such interactions (U.S. Geological Survey [USGS] Circular 1331). Water agencies will continue to face decisions about which downscaled data to use and implicitly which downscaling method and spatial resolution...
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Due to anthropogenic activities and large stochastic events within the drainage, Gooseberry Creek no longer has a population of CRC above a man made Gabion structure. Gooseberry Creek is a small tributary and cannot support a large population of CRC to persist without connectivity to Trout Creek and Sage Creek. When passage is provided through the structures, approximately 1.5 miles of Gooseberry Creek will be available for CRC and other native fish for spawning, rearing and other life history needs. This project is part of an ongoing effort to improve aquatic and riparian habitat within the Greater Little Mountain area to increase the range of the native Colorado River cutthroat (CRC) trout. The Gooseberry Fish...
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Project Synopsis: Raven control (removal) efforts of varying intensity have been carried out around lambing grounds in Lincoln, Sweetwater, Uinta, and Carbon counties in Wyoming by United States Department of Agriculture/Wildlife Services (WS). This has provided a unique opportunity to study the potential effects of raven removal on sage-grouse nest success. Increased anthropogenic development (energy development and urbanization) may have a negative impact on sage-grouse nesting success and productivity as a result of increased raven populations and raven depredation of sage-grouse nests. Structures associated with anthropogenic development may provide perches that ravens need to forage or ravens may be drawn...
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Project Synopsis: This 2-year project will replace 4 strand barbed wire fence with 3 or 4 pole buck rail fence or 3 strand barbed wire with a top wooden rail at critical sections of the boundary of Fossil Butte National Monument (FOBU) (8,198 acres). FOBU's current fence is constructed using 4 strands of barbed and barbless wire on steel t-posts. A good share of it does not meet the standards recommended for wildlife friendly fence. This project would correct this deficiency in many of the critical areas where wildlife cross the monument boundary. Fossil Butte is within Wyoming's core sagegrouse area, contains winter range for elk and summer range for pronghorn and mule deer. No grazing is permitted within...


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