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WLCI Facts

The WLCI combines the resources of multiple groups across southwest Wyoming to build a common vision for this large area, or landscape. The WLCI vision is for an area that balances open spaces, abundant wildlife, traditional agriculture and production of energy and other resources. Supporting this vision is use of science-based information and local expertise, development of partnerships, and exchange of information.

Interesting Facts about WLCI

The WLCI area encompasses 19 million acres—roughly the size of South Carolina.

1,700 family farms and ranches support 225,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep.

An estimated 100,000 deer; 100,000 antelope; 40,000 elk; 8,000 moose; 1,400 bighorn sheep; and 151 non-game species of greatest conservation need make their home here.

Five national forests, a national recreation area, and a national monument are included in the WLCI area.

Numerous historic sites include the Oregon, California, Mormon Trails and the Pony Express Route.

Enough natural gas is produced to heat 15 million homes per year.

Approximately 14 million tons of coal are mined.

The area has premium wind sites that could produce billions of kilowatt hours of electricity.

The area has the world’s largest deposit of trona, supplying 90% of the nation’s soda ash.

Did You Know?

Partnerships Provide for Better Brood Habitat
  • Wild Horses running near Buckhorn Flowing Well.

Partnerships Provide for Better Brood Habitat - Local companies and volunteers, recognizing the need to conserve sage-grouse, improve brood-rearing habitat while maintaining a water source for livestock on the Eighteen Mile Allotment. -...

Swift Ranch Trumpeter Swan Summer Habitat Enhancement
  • Photograph showing swan ponds

A nearly 6-acre wetland pond was excavated along the river corridor within a major swan flyway to provide additional shallow water foraging and nesting habitat. These types of shallow water wetlands are extremely rare in southwestern Wyoming. These...

Fish Passage Project Improving Habitat
  • Head of Gooseberry Creek

The Gooseberry Fish Passage Project is one of the first steps in an ongoing effort to improve the Sage Creek watershed and increase the range and population of Colorado River cutthroat trout (CRCT) as well as aquatic and riparian habitat within the...