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The fence, an east to west boundry line, has been documented to have a negative effect on season migration. Animals either have to go around the fence, which brings the altered trail close to two state highways on either end of the fence; or animals must attempt to fight their way through this non-wildlife friendly fence, increasing their opportunity to become entangled in the fence. With the conversion of this 17 miles of sheep and barbed wire to wildlife friendly fencing, animal migration will be restored to a more historical route and death and injuries associated with the fence will be reduced.
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The Wyoming Range Mule Deer herd is Wyoming's largest deer herd and one of the largest in North America. Much of the winter range and transitional habitat for these deer is degraded, decadent, or otherwise unsuitable to sustain or improve herd health. In a comprehensive shrub assessment performed by Teton Science School on important winter ranges near La Barge and Big Piney, many areas were identified as needing treatments to improve forage conditions. This project would entail treating important mule deer habitat by using a variety of methods over a large landscape over a 10 year period.
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The loggerhead sea turtle, found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, is divided into nine distinct populations—five of which are federally endangered and four of which are federally threatened. Unfortunately, climate change may be putting the species at further risk. Sea-level rise, increased storm frequency, and changes in temperature and humidity could reduce the suitability of habitat used by loggerheads and other endangered sea turtles for nesting and feeding. This project assessed the vulnerability of key sea turtle nesting beaches to climate change in the Southeast. Researchers examined previous records of sea turtle nesting locations in the Southeast to identify the characteristics of these beaches,...
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The Mississippi River Basin / Gulf Hypoxia Initiative (MRB/GHI), spearheaded by seven LCCs, is undertaking a strategic and transparent process to create an integrated framework that supports planning, design, configuration, and delivery of wildlife conservation practices within the watershed. This framework consists of multiple quantitative objectives representing three interests (i.e., wildlife, water quality, agriculture), a tiered set of conservation strategies to achieve those objectives within five production agriculture systems (i.e., corn & soybean; grazing lands; floodplain forest; rice; cotton), and a modeling approach to determine where to best implement those actions within four key ecological systems...
Categories: Data, Project; Types: Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: 2013, 2014, 2015, AR-01, CO-04, All tags...
FY2011Thousands of data points have been collected by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Nevada Division of Wildlife from the 1950s to the present describing the distribution of declining native redband and endangered Lahontan cutthroat trout, and the invasive, nonnative brown and brook trout. USGS analyzed this data to understand the climate-related changes to species distributions and model extinction risk. The results, submittedfor publication, will be used by the State of Oregon as it drafts conservation plans for redband trout and by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection in drafting water quality criteria to protect and monitor the states coldwater fisheries.
Categories: Data, Project; Types: Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: Academics & scientific researchers, California, California, California, California, All tags...
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Climate change is expected to cause more intense and frequent extreme weather events, but we only have a basic understanding of how these events might alter freshwater systems. Storms are likely to impact lake systems through delivery of sediments from watersheds and mixing of the water column, both of which could have important consequences for phytoplankton. Phytoplankton are the base of the food web; their community configuration and how the community changes across seasons have large impacts on ecosystem processes such as energy flow, nutrient cycling, and carbon cycling. External disturbances may abruptly alter phytoplankton community dynamics and thus impact ecosystem function. The effects of storms on the...
The Hay Reservoir project entails treating approximately 3000 acres for Russian knapweed and salt cedar invasion. Treatment would consist of the ground application of herbicide to control these noxious weeds in the area. There is also whitetop, Canada thistle, black henbane, halogeton, and Swainson’s pea. This area is important to deer, elk, antelope, and many other wildlife species. This project will directly reduce water wastage, erosion, and sedimentation into Hay Reservoir, located in the Great Divide Basin. It will also benefit Red Creek and Hay Reservoir proper, native vegetation, and the wildlife which use the water in this drainage. This area has also failed Standards for Healthy Rangelands due to the invasive...
This project will to improve the irrigated meadows on the Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Engineering and design will be provided to improve the condition of unused irrigation systems and pumps and to install additional head gates and dikes. Rehabilitation of about 7 miles of dike for the B-Q Canal; creating a grass bank at Cokeville Meadows NWR; planting and weed control will restore 1,300 acres of irrigated hay meadows on the Refuge that are currently unproductive; monitoring elk movement east of NWR. This project will improve irrigation efficiency and flooding of approximately 1,300 acres of hay meadows that are currently unproductive. These improvements will increase nesting habitat for the...
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Synopsis: Working in collaboration with state, federal, and private partners, GRVLT seeks funding for Phase II of its Wildlife-Friendly Fencing Initiative. The second phase of this five-year initiative offers cost-free livestock- and wildlife-friendly fence improvements to interested public and private landowners within a portion of a key mule deer migration route. This corridor, as identified in the Sublette Mule Deer Study (Phase II): Final Report 2007, runs from the Hoback Rim to Big Sandy in Sublette County, Wyoming and links important habitat for mule deer, pronghorn, and other species. Improving fencing is critical to the survival of big game, as they must be able to move freely between seasonal ranges....
This is an ongoing cooperative project to restore 6,100 ft of Savery creek. This joint project will improve native Colorado Cutthroat fish habitat, improve thermal and low flow habitat, and reduce bank erosion by approximately 1,000 cubic yards per year. Restoration will include narrowing the channel to accommodate for 220 cfs flows; excavating pools and installing fish-hook vane structures to improve low flow trout habitat; and re-establishing riparian vegetation to prevent further erosion. At a minimum, the project will include the following: moving three mid-channel bars, installing 14 fish-hook vanes, excavating 18 pools, installing 27 bank full benches to narrow the channel, installing 226 willow clumps...
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Objectives: 1. To make in-stream structures that were placed into Muddy Creek for stream reclamation passable to fish while still maintain the purpose and function of the original structure. 2. To reconnect 50 miles of contiguous stream habitat for BLM sensitive fishes including the Colorado River cutthroat troat, bluehead sucker, flannelmouth sucker, and roundtail chub. Background: Muddy Creek is the only system in Wyoming where viable populations of BLM sensitive Colorado River cutthroat trout, bluehead sucker, flannelmouth sucker, and roundtail chub coexist. Bluehead sucker, flannelmouth sucker, and roundtail chub populations have declined by about 50% range-wide and although Muddy Creek has the largest population...
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Strategies – Include developing a grazing strategy that is adaptable to meet WLCI’s habitat needs and those of the property owner. This plan will include a reporting component to inform WLCI on observed results for this project including reestablishment of native riparian vegetation, wetland improvements, amount of forage left for wildlife use on hay pasture, and camera use to demonstrate wildlife uses during winter. Water resources - Partners Fish & Wildlife Services and NRCS are initiating wetland water improvement projects on this private property. There is also a proposed project to deepen a reservoir to improve habitat for water fowl. The project, via the landowner will reestablishing riparian plant species...
Large long-term project to restore connectivity and fish passage in the LaBarge Creek system.
This project is to be spread over a minimum of a four year period for the control/eradication of Dalmation Toad Flax and Dyer’s Woad, from private and public lands around and on Raymond Mountain in the Sublette Mountain Range. The Toad Flax and Dyer’s Woad are decreasing the forage available to wildlife in this area as these two noxious weed species continue to expand their populations. For the past five or six years, BLM and Lincoln County Weed and Pest have been spraying and/or releasing biologicals against these weeds, and it is now time to also attack these weeds on the low lands, which are privately owned, eliminating this possible seed source. The benefits to controlling the Dalmation Toadflax and Dyer’s Woad...
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Funds are requested to provide financial compensation for the permittee (on a willing seller / willing buyer basis) to waive his allotment complex grazing permit back to the USFS. USFS will then close 5,115 acres to livestock grazing, and place 53,560 into Forage Reserve (i.e. “grassbank”) status, with strict language/terms/conditions under which this portion of the allotment complex could be grazed by domestic sheep. Project implementation will ensure the long-term, sustainable health of vegetative communities and create a forage reserve to facilitate future treatments to benefit fish and wildlife habitats. Improvement of watershed/vegetative conditions in upland and riparian habitats on 58,657 acres throughout...
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The strategy for this project will incorporate Fall and Spring treatments of BLM approved herbicide on approximately 100 acres. Following treatments will not exceed 1000 acres per treatment year. The Sublette County Weed and Pest is also providing support for this project through aerial, roadside, and follow-up backpack applications. They are also supplying herbicides for the initial treatment. Habitat classification are mixed cool season grasses, Big Sagebrush communities, winter range for Mule Deer, moose, pygmy rabbit, and brood rearing habitat for sage-grouse. This area is not an active allotment; however, due to treatment timing grazing will not be affected. Livestock management will not be affected but grazing...
The Rawlins Fence Conversions is a continuation of the Muddy Creek and WY Youth Conservation Crew fencing conversion completed in 2008. This project also compliments the Grizzly WHMA Fence Conversion Project and the Red Rim WHMA Improvement Project by removing impenetrable sheep fence and converting it to “wildlife friendly” fence. This large-scale conversion is necessary to maintain migration corridors and provide access to good habitat, especially as these herds face increasing bottlenecks from oil and gas development or during severe winter weather. Since over half of crucial winter range occurs in mixed land ownership, partnering with permittees and other private landowners are critical to complete fence...
There is a critical need to increase the level of control to minimize the economic and ecological impacts that invasive species cause. BLM has a commitment to Sweetwater County and private adjacent land owners for controlling weeds. Control of noxious weeds is a priority within the local county and the Bureau. Native wildlife species, including elk, mule deer, greater sage-grouse, mountain plovers, raptors, Colorado River cutthroat trout and many juniper obligates, are dependent on native vegetation for successful breeding, nesting, and food. Protection of their habitats is of primary importance. One community at risk is riparian habitat where invasive weeds are displacing native species. Weeds affect streams by...
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Construct a riparian exclosure on Gooseberry Creek for habitat protection and enhancement and to improve effectiveness of an erosion control structure. This exclosure will reduce a headcut caused by livestock and wild horses accessing the creek around an existing erosion control structure. The structure was placed to stop migration of a headcut up Gooseberry Creek that would also threaten the County road. 2008 Update: This project enhances and protects water quality in Gooseberry Creek by reducing a headcut forming around an existing erosion control structure. The exclosure (JH) encompasses about six acres and ensures the existing erosion control structure will stay intact and functional. Access to the creek for...
Populations of Colorado River cutthroat trout (CRCT) have experienced dramatic declines throughout their historic range. Current distributions of CRCT are typically limited to isolated headwater streams and lakes. Primary threat to the CRCT is the introduction of non-native salmonids and loss of habitat. A fish barrier on Dirtyman Creek was placed on BLM administered lands to prevent invasion of non-native salmonids and maintain a genetically pure population of Colorado River cutthroat trout. However, the existing structure has degraded over time and needs to be replaced before the integrity of the barrier is lost. The goal of this project is to prevent non-native fish from invading upstream of the existing barrier...


map background search result map search result map Wildlife Friendly Fencing Initiative Rawlins Fence Conversions Sweetwater County Invasive Weed Control Gooseberry Creek Exclosure Savery Creek Restoration Dirtyman Creek Fish Barrier Replacement Hay Reservoir Weed Treatment LaBarge Creek Restoration Raymond Mountain Invasives Triple Peak Forage Reserve B-Q Canal Rehabilitation, Wetlands Improvement, and Elk Movement Monitoring Boulder Jonah Cheatgrass Granger Lease Wildlife Friendly Fencing Project The Vulnerability of Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches to Climate Change in the Southeast Muddy Creek Sheet Piling Modification Sibert Habitat Lease Wyoming Range Mule Deer Habitat Project Mississippi River Basin / Gulf Hypoxia Initiative Climate impacts on streamflows, thermal regimes, and the changing distribution of trout in the Great Basin Gooseberry Creek Exclosure The Vulnerability of Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches to Climate Change in the Southeast Boulder Jonah Cheatgrass Triple Peak Forage Reserve Wildlife Friendly Fencing Initiative Wyoming Range Mule Deer Habitat Project Sibert Habitat Lease Muddy Creek Sheet Piling Modification Climate impacts on streamflows, thermal regimes, and the changing distribution of trout in the Great Basin Mississippi River Basin / Gulf Hypoxia Initiative