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WLCI Projects

One of the most unique features of the WLCI is the application of science to decision-making processes. To develop and pursue the science required for success of the WLCI, the USGS has assembled a WLCI Science Team composed of hydrologists, geologists, biologists, geographers, social scientists, and information-management specialists. The team has developed an overall science strategy and specific work plans to address management needs identified by WLCI partners. Major strategies include assessing known information about southwest Wyoming’s ecosystems and its people, conducting monitoring and research to detect changes and improve knowledge, and developing a means of archiving discovered information for sharing with collaborators and the public. The Science Team has developed a comprehensive assessment, or a compilation of the current conditions from all available data for the WLCI area. The assessment includes developing methods for using spatial images to assess changing conditions, and mapping key habitat types, crucial wildlife-use areas, potential development areas, and on-the-ground habitat treatments.

 

WLCI habitat projects are on-the-ground activities intended to improve terrestrial and aquatic habitats and terrain, and are conducted by various WLCI partners, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and others. Data compiled by the USGS Science Team are being used to evaluate habitat-improvement projects. Project assessment work includes acquiring and standardizing data of project activities to guide ongoing and future monitoring and research. Assessment information will be used to identify species most likely to be affected by development. An important outcome of this effort will be transferability of landscape conservation models and procedures to other areas targeted for energy development.