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This project will involve prescribed burning 6546 acres (approximately half black) in a mosaic pattern in the Pole Creek area to improve upland plant communities, and aspen stands by removing conifer cover to help sustain aspen habitat by promoting suckering and removing competition by conifers to increase productivity and browse. The project includes a special emphasis on improvement of the age class and diversity of plant communities. Historically, some of this area has been classified as transitional and year long range for mule deer, elk, moose, and antelope. Healthy aspen, mountain shrub, grassland/forb and riparian communities are important parturition and fawn rearing areas for big game. By improving this...
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The Sand Creek Saltcedar control project is designed to treat approximately thirty (30) miles of stream bottom in the Colorado River Watershed for saltcedar invasion. Treatment will consist of aerial and ground application of herbicide to remove saltcedar from the area. This is potentially threatened Western yellow-billed cuckoo habitat which is being severely degraded with invasive saltcedar. It is also home to wild horses, deer, elk, antelope, and many other wildlife species, as well as one of the headwaters of many sensitive fish species downstream. This project will directly reduce water wastage, erosion and sedimentation, and salt loading into the Little Snake River, a tributary to the Colorado River. This...
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The enclosures would protect the Buckhorn Flowing Well (NWNE Sec.9 T24N-R109W) and the riparian/wetland areas it created from the overflow of the well in the Eighteen Mile Allotment. The enclosures would help improve habitat/vegetation/cover (provide brood-rearing habitat for sage grouse), place for wildlife to water, exclusion from livestock and wild horses. The reservoir will still be accessible for livestock and wild horses to water. This project will add a healthy wetland component to the sagebrush ecosystem, improving edge and diversity. The priority for getting done first on this project would be is to protect the water well. Place a small exclosure around the water well to keep wild horses and livestock...
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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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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....
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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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Effectiveness Monitoring Effectiveness monitoring was implemented to evaluate the efficacy of habitat treatments and to broadly assess the regional effects of conservation, mitigation, and other management activities coordinated through this initiative. Work has included collecting data associated with past and current habitat treatments (for example, herbicide treatments in sagebrush) to: • assess their effectiveness in meeting WLCI habitat conservation goals, and • help guide the design of future habitat treatments and Best Management Practices. Effectiveness Monitoring included measuring vegetation and soil responses to treatments, developing methods for using remotely sensed estimates of productivity to evaluate...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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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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 Pole Creek Prescribed Burn Wildlife Friendly Fencing Initiative Wheat Creek Meadows Wildlife Area Boundary Fence Gooseberry Creek Exclosure Continental Peak Riparian Exclosure/Oregon Slough Sand Creek Saltcedar Control Effectiveness Monitoring - Soil Chemistry: Relationships between Energy Exploration/Development and Salinity of Soils and Waters Boulder Jonah Cheatgrass Buckhorn Flowing Well Exclosures Granger Lease Wildlife Friendly Fencing Project Northern Leatherside Muddy Creek Sheet Piling Modification Gooseberry Creek Fish Passage Project Impacts of Ravens on Sage-grouse Nests in Southern Wyoming Pepperweed Partnership Cottonwood Creek Fossil Butte Wildlife Friendly Fencing Low Stress Livestock Handling Sibert Habitat Lease Watershed Habitat Mapping and Inventory 2013 Gooseberry Creek Fish Passage Project Continental Peak Riparian Exclosure/Oregon Slough Gooseberry Creek Exclosure Wheat Creek Meadows Wildlife Area Boundary Fence Boulder Jonah Cheatgrass Fossil Butte Wildlife Friendly Fencing Pole Creek Prescribed Burn Granger Lease Wildlife Friendly Fencing Project Sand Creek Saltcedar Control Pepperweed Partnership Effectiveness Monitoring - Soil Chemistry: Relationships between Energy Exploration/Development and Salinity of Soils and Waters Wildlife Friendly Fencing Initiative Northern Leatherside Cottonwood Creek Low Stress Livestock Handling Sibert Habitat Lease Watershed Habitat Mapping and Inventory 2013 Muddy Creek Sheet Piling Modification Impacts of Ravens on Sage-grouse Nests in Southern Wyoming