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Sage-Grouse 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)

  • Boulder Jonah Cheatgrass

    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 management will [...] (Read More)

  • Buckhorn Flowing Well Exclosures

    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 away from the shed [...] (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)

  • Impacts of Ravens on Sage-grouse Nests in Southern Wyoming

    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 to food provided around [...] (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)

  • Pinedale Field Office Noxious Weed Management

    This project increases the level of control to minimize the economic and ecological impacts caused by invasive species. Controlling noxious weeds is a priority for the BLM and this collaborative effort with Sublette, Lincoln, and Teton Counties reinforces this commitment. The weed infested areas cover sage-grouse, snowshoe hare and lynx habitat, crucial winter range and calving range for mule deer, elk and moose. In addition, grazing allotments, oil and gas leases, adjacent lands (USFS, private, State), and prime recreational hunting areas are also greatly impacted. Integrated methods of weed control are applied, including the use of biological and chemical controls along with hand pulling in select areas. This is also an effort to [...] (Read More)

  • Platte Valley Mule Deer Habitat Management (Condit)

    The Platte Valley watershed area between Seminoe Reservoir and the Wyoming/Colorado state line provides important seasonal habitat for a variety of wildlife species including five big game species (mule deer, antelope, elk, bighorn sheep and moose), as well as identified core areas for greater sage grouse, and historic sage grouse ranges outside of core areas. Habitat conditions throughout the watershed center on proper multiple use management, including domestic livestock and wildlife, so that the standards for rangeland health on both uplands and riparian areas are met. The area was reviewed for conformance with the Wyoming Standards and Guidelines for Healthy Rangelands in 2004 and 2005. While the majority of the area met 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)

  • Riparian Restoration, Carbon County

    This project would increase diversity of forbs and invertebrates in riparian and transitional riparian/upland areas through mowing and seeding of native forb species. A tractor powered mower with a seeder would be used to create an enhanced vegetative mosaic within riparian or transitional riparian areas lacking in vegetative species and structural diversity. A contractor would provide a tractor or seeder for distribution of native seed. This project would focus on improving habitat for a diversity of species, particularly sage grouse and other BLM sensitive avian species such as the Brewer's sparrow and sage thrasher, which rely on riparian habitats for critical brood rearing requirements in the Sand Hills ACEC south of Rawlins. [...] (Read More)

  • Sage-grouse Core Area Riparian Exclosure Project

    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 migrating uphill, [...] (Read More)

  • Shirley Basin Area Sage Grouse Habitat Management

    The Shirley Basin watershed area provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species including identified core areas for greater sage grouse, as well as historic sage grouse ranges outside of core areas. Project objectives center around bringing upland and riparian vegatation, wildlife habitat, and watershed health towards a condition that will better benefit, Sage Grouse. Improving areas of nesting habitat as well as brood rearing habitat for grouse will be the major focus is the Shirley Basin area. The Shirley Basin watershed area provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species including greater sage-grouse Core Area. Current landowners, Permitees, Conservation Dist., WGFD, and BLM have identified this area/projects as having [...] (Read More)

  • Sweetwater County Invasive Weed Control

    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 changing the vegetation [...] (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)

  • Watershed Habitat Mapping and Inventory 2013

    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 in 2011, in combination [...] (Read More)