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Project Synopsis: the Ferris Mountain project area consists of mainly timbered slopes, interspersed with upland areas dominated by sagebrush, grass, and mountain shrub communities. Timber stands within the project unit consist of Douglas fir, subalpine fir, spruce, lodgepole pine, limber pine, and aspen, in addition to scattered locations of Rocky Mountain juniper. Long-term suppression of wildfires has promoted the encroachment of conifers into shrublands, aspen stands, and drainages supporting aspen, waterbirch and willows, to the point where many of these communities are non-functional. Decadence and disease is commonly observed in terms of mistletoe, blister rust, and bleeding rust, and pine beetles have...
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Project Synopsis: BLM Kemmerer Field Office (KFO) proposes to construct riparian exclosures within the “Sage” sage-grouse core area as designated by the Wyoming Governor’s Executive Order (EO 2011-5). During late summer, fall and early winter of 2011 the BLM mapped and inventoried approximately 190 reservoirs and 50 springs/seeps in the Ruby Priority Project area. After compiling 2011 data, the BLM identified several springs/seeps as priorities for protection/enhancement. The springs/seeps are repeatedly grazed to the extent that hummocks are forming or have already formed. Once hummocks form or start to form, the immediate threat is a high soil compaction which could result in a lower water table, the spring/seep...
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Project Synopsis: the goal of this study is to define the potential accumulation of hydrocarbons in surface waters and aquatic habitats of the New Fork River and to establish a baseline of potential toxicological effects on aquatic life.
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Project Synopsis: improved grazing management over the past decade in the lower Coal Creek drainage has resulted in gradual positive trends in riparian habitat conditions. This project will address degraded habitat conditions not directly related to grazing management and build additional trust and cooperation. The Thomas Fork Habitat Management Plan developed cooperatively by WGFD and BLM in 1979 “to preserve, manage, and enhance BCT habitat” identified sediment contribution from the Coal Creek road as an important issue. In 2010, WGFD hired a consultant to develop conceptual plans to address the large amounts of sediment contributed into the stream at eleven (11) key sites along a two (2) mile stretch of Coal...
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This is a multi-year project to repair a diversion structure which is preventing a head-cut from continuing upstream. Objectives: 1) Reduce or halt erosion occurring at the headcut. 2) Halt the headcut progression which may infringe on and destabilize upstream railroad, highway, interstate, and mine PMT. 3) Halt the headcut progression into the upstream channel morphology and riparian regime. Strategies: • Detailed runoff and flow analysis to the headcut location for the associated 830 square mile drainage area. • Selection of the acceptable design event/peak design flow for the structure. • Determination of all permitting requirements, timeframes, and responsibilities. • Evaluation of the native material stability...
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Project Synopsis: habitat conditions for both livestock and wildlife are less than desired due, in part, to past management practices on the ranch and inability to better control current cattle grazing location and timing. Plans are to provide water (successful water well drilled in 2011) and fencing for grazing management, habitat improvements on mule deer winter range including invasive plant species (juniper and cheatgrass) control, and riparian improvements in Wood Draw to remove invasive juniper and control noxious weeds including musk thistle and leafy spurge.
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The fence, an east to west boundary 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 3 miles of sheep and barbed wire to wildlife friendly fencing, animal migration will be improved so death and injuries associated with the existing fence will be reduced.
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Strategies: a three-pronged approach will continue to be taken during the next three years, with WLCI funds primarily going toward the first "prong" (much of this in the Greys River drainage), and some funds going toward the second "prong": 1. Prevent the successful establishment of noxious weed species not yet established on National Forest System lands in the Greys River Ranger District. 2. Prevent the successful establishment of new infestations of spotted knapweed, leafy spurge, yellow toadflax, and Dyer’s woad beyond existing perimeters along roads, trails, and adjoining lands, and either eliminate existing patches or reduce the density of noxious weed densities to a point in which a native plant diversity...
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Project Synopsis: the strategy for restoring the habitat on Currant Creek is to permanently exclude unauthorized livestock from the stream and adjacent meadows unless livestock are authorized in the special use pasture. Livestock are only to be permitted to graze every 3rd year for 3 weeks or as approved by authorized officer. (It's been about ten years since grazing has been authorized in the area due to resource concerns.) The most imminent threat to the currant creek habitat is continual cattle drift into the drainage. This results in the unauthorized grazing of riparian vegetation and BLM projects such as willow, aspen, and other woody species plantings. The area is important habitat (ACEC area) for Colorado...
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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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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...
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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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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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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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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...


    map background search result map search result map Fish Creek Wildlife Friendly Fencing Project Muddy Creek Sheet Piling Modification BLM Ferris Mountain Prescribed Burn Phase 1 Coal Creek Stabilization and Sediment Reduction Gooseberry Creek Fish Passage Project Grey's River Ranger District Noxious Weed Control Impacts of Ravens on Sage-grouse Nests in Southern Wyoming Pepperweed Partnership RSFO-Currant Creek Habitat Restoration Condict Ranch Habitat Improvements II Cottonwood Creek Bitter Creek Restoration 2013 Fossil Butte Wildlife Friendly Fencing Low Stress Livestock Handling New Fork River Infiltration of Trace Organics Sage-grouse Core Area Riparian Exclosure Project Sibert Habitat Lease Star Valley Front Rx Burn 2013 Watershed Habitat Mapping and Inventory 2013 Wyoming Range Mule Deer Habitat Project Gooseberry Creek Fish Passage Project Fish Creek Wildlife Friendly Fencing Project Fossil Butte Wildlife Friendly Fencing Star Valley Front Rx Burn 2013 Pepperweed Partnership Sage-grouse Core Area Riparian Exclosure Project Grey's River Ranger District Noxious Weed Control New Fork River Infiltration of Trace Organics Wyoming Range Mule Deer Habitat Project Coal Creek Stabilization and Sediment Reduction Cottonwood Creek Low Stress Livestock Handling Sibert Habitat Lease Watershed Habitat Mapping and Inventory 2013 Muddy Creek Sheet Piling Modification BLM Ferris Mountain Prescribed Burn Phase 1 Condict Ranch Habitat Improvements II RSFO-Currant Creek Habitat Restoration Bitter Creek Restoration 2013 Impacts of Ravens on Sage-grouse Nests in Southern Wyoming