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Sagebrush Enhancement Projects

  • B-Q Canal Rehabilitation, Wetlands Improvement, and Elk Movement Monitoring

    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 American Bittern, [...] (Read More)

  • BLM Ferris Mountain Prescribed Burn Phase 1

    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 killed many of the older [...] (Read More)

  • Chicken Springs Archeology

    The project involves the recordation and management of a large archaeological complex surrounding Chicken Springs. The site has evidence of long term use and appears remain important to Native American tribes as a traditional cultural property at which ceremonies appear to be ongoing. The site has competing uses being along an access corridor to a developing gas field and having extensive recreational and tourism visitation. The project will record the resource and develop a management plan which will enhance the health of the lands in the area while managing increased demand for minerals and recreation. This project would meet the cultural requirements and also provide a management plan that could include consideration of an exclosure [...] (Read More)

  • Diamond H Ranch Conservation Easement

    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 Conservation Strategy [...] (Read More)

  • Ferris Mountain Leafy Spurge and Russian Knapweed Treatment

    Invasive weed treatments in the Ferris Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA) and adjacent Hogback ridges. Monitoring in 2005 showed actual infestation into the WSA for the first time, along with marked increase of acres infested along the fringes in this wildlife-rich WSA. These weeds are also increasing in the adjacent hogback ridges. This area is rugged and scenic with few access points. Treatment consists of herbicide application to control weeds. Retention of native vegetation benefits crucial winter habitat for bighorn sheep, sage-grouse, and other native wildlife. 2009 Update: We reported 400 acres treated, most of that was photo monitored with current patch information collected to show trend. Additional areas were inventoried [...] (Read More)

  • Flaming Gorge Halogeton

    This project will utilize specific treatments on southwestern Wyoming salt-desert shrublands that have been invaded by halogeton to improve habitat conditions. Treatments to improve habitat conditions will include a variety of soil preparation techniques such as traditional till and minimal till and seeding techniques including drilling and broadcast seeding. Monitoring of these areas will occur post treatment to determine the most effective methods for restoration. Treatment and monitoring of treatments will occur for at least two years as part of this proposal. Background: Western states have experienced overwhelming anthropogenic disturbances in recent decades. This has resulted in the introduction of numerous non-native plant [...] (Read More)

  • Improve Refuge Boundary Fence for Pronghorn Antelope Migration

    Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) established a boundary fence in 1997 to prevent range cattle from grazing refuge habitat. The fencing contract specified a wildlife friendly configuration that included a smooth bottom wire no less than 16 inches above the ground. The nearly 100 mile boundary fence was completed for a total cost of $565,000. Approximately, 155,000 feet (~29 miles) of fence require adjustments to facilitate pronghorn migration. New fence construction currently costs about $1.00 a foot. However, since the existing fence is still in good condition, only the first two wires need to be adjusted with the bottom smooth wire no less than 16 to 18 inches above the ground ($0.40 per foot). This project will also [...] (Read More)

  • Inventory and Control of Desert Alyssum in Lower Muddy Creek Watershed

    A combination of efforts has been ongoing to understand the invasive mechanisms of this plant (Desert Alyssum) to spread and how to control it. A chemical application will be used in an effort to gain control of Desert Alyssum. This area has crucial winter range for antelope, deer and elk, and also has sage grouse wintering areas, brood-rearing habitat, as well as numerous leks. This funding would benefit the immediate area through the inventory and removal of Desert Alyssum which is competing with native vegetation. Monitoring transects have shown an increase in perennial plant spacing where Alyssum is dominant. Removal of Alyssum would improve or maintain habitat for wildlife and livestock using this area. Several factors including [...] (Read More)

  • Lincoln and Uinta County Invasives

    This project represents a continuation and expansion from the KFO’s 2004 CCI Project #21055 - Bear River Cooperative Weed Management. This project is for spraying and biological control of all Invasive/Noxious Weeds within the Kemmerer Field Office (KFO) area within Lincoln and Uinta Counties. Funding costs includes hiring seasonal staff and a vehicle to continue inventorying and mapping of weeds within the area. In 2009, 1,000 acres of weeds will be treated on BLM lands and 1,000 treated acres will be evaluated. Efforts will first be directed to areas where the resource benefits are most important as identified by the WLCI and the KFO. Maintaining the native vegetative communities and protecting them from invading weed species is [...] (Read More)

  • Native Seed Development in Wyoming

    This project is intended to provide a source of native seed and plant material for BLM’s Wyoming field office programs and projects. The intent of this proposal is to develop and maintain a supply of native plant seed, vegetative propagules, and native seed reserves for use on BLM projects primarily within the Green River Basin, SW Wyoming. This project would assist in providing native plant material and seed for watershed restoration projects on federal lands. The project is in compliance with National BLM native plant policies and goals. Currently, Wyoming BLM does not have native species under cultivation. The native plant program will provide seed and seedlings for field office’s programs, principally wildfire and fuel reduction [...] (Read More)

  • Rawlins Fence Conversions

    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 conversions. BLM personnel, [...] (Read More)

  • Raymond Mountain Invasives

    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 will improve the [...] (Read More)

  • Red Canyon/Elk Mountain Prescribed Burn

    This project improves the age class and diversity of plant communities. Improving transitional range will help hold the antelope and deer in this area, saving crucial winter areas for use later in the season. Other wildlife benefitting from this treatment are small mammals and a variety of birds, including sage grouse. Quality, quantity, and availability of forage in this transitional-migratory area will be improved. The units of accomplishments for this project, 10,000 acres (JM), are shared with multiple funding sources; due to the timing of the project; some units will carry over into FY 08. Some of the included acres are within the Wildland Urban Interface (JW). (Read More)

  • Red Rim Wildlife Habitat Management Area Improvements

    The objective of the project is to improve the infrastructure of the Red Rim Wildlife Habitat Management Area (WHMA) as well as conduct habitat improvements. Two windmills will be upgraded to solar pumps and panels. Six and a half miles of fence will be converted from woven wire to wildlife friendly fencing and 8 miles of fence will have single strand conversion to meet BLM and WGFD wildlife standards (i.e. the bottom wire is too low or the top wire is too high). An exclosure will be erected around a riparian area to keep cattle out, sagebrush will be thinned (approx. 140 acres), weeds will be treated (approx. 200 acres) and native grasses and legumes sown (approx. 170 acres). The Red Rim WHMA is located southwest of Rawlins, WY [...] (Read More)

  • Sommers/Grindstone Conservation Easement

    The project consists of three distinct conservation projects: 1) the Sommers/Todd Place project, 2) the Scott Place project, and 3) the Duke Place project. All three projects combined encompass approximately 19,000 deeded acres located at two critical locations along the Green River in northern Sublette County and at an important corridor and buffer area between the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the Green River. Sommers/Todd Place: This portion of the porject encompasses over 5,100 deeded acres along the Green River. The ranches are contiguous and are located on both sides of the Green River. It is located along the west flank of the Pinedale Anticline natural gas field. The project includes a conservation easement on the surface [...] (Read More)

  • Special Status Plant Species Monitoring and Inventory

    Properly identifying the rarity of a species is essential to determine the amount of protection that needs to be applied. Clarifying the status of these species will allow industry to proactively manage their exploration and development activities. This project focuses on obtaining current species information throughout all the Field Offices and will identify and delineate the present location of these sensitive species. (Read More)

  • Star Valley Front Rx Burn 2013

    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 shrubland and aspen [...] (Read More)

  • Treat Sagebrush Habitat

    This project would increase the diversity and abundance of forbs and invertebrates in riparian and transitional riparian/upland areas. Treatments would include physical manipulation through mowing, imprinting, or just interseeding to create an enhanced vegetative mosiac within riparian or transitional riparian areas lacking in vegetative species and structural diversity. Since there are a number of invasives/exotic plants in the area, the area will be treated before seeding to ensure the natives species have an advantage. Mechanical manipulation for seed bed preparation, seeding of native seeds and control of invasives/exotic plants will be handled through contracts. This project focuses on improving habitat for a diversity of species, [...] (Read More)

  • Triple Peak Forage Reserve

    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 the project area will [...] (Read More)

  • Weiner Creek and Lower Cottonwood Creek Prescription Burns

    The Forest Service proposes two prescribed burns at Weiner Creek (1,500 acres) and Lower Cottonwood Creek (400 acres) to restore aspen habitat in one of the most important elk calving areas for the Afton herd and important for aspen-dependent species, transition and winter range for elk, mule deer, and moose east of Alpine, transition and winter range for mule deer and elk of crucial winter range just east of Smoot, and sagebrush, aspen, meadow, and willow habitat on transition range for mule deer and elk 30 miles up the Greys River. (Read More)