U.S. Geological Survey science for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative: 2011 annual report

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Author(s):
Zachary H. Bowen
Cameron L. Aldridge
Patrick J. Anderson
Timothy J. Assal
Laura Biewick
Steven W. Blecker
Gregory K. Boughton
Natasha B. Carr
Anna D. Chalfoun
Geneva W. Chong
Melanie L. Clark
Jay E. Diffendorfer
Bradley C. Fedy
Katharine Foster
Steven L. Garman
Stephanie Germaine
Matthew G. Hethcoat
JoAnn Holloway
Collin G. Homer
Matthew J. Kauffman
Douglas Keinath
Natalie Latysh
Daniel J. Manier
Robert R. McDougal
Cynthia P. Melcher
Kirk A. Miller
Jessica Montag
Edward M. Olexa
Christopher J. Potter
Spencer Schell
Sarah L. Shafer
David B. Smith
Lisa L. Stillings
Michael J. Sweat
Michele L.W. Tuttle
Anna B. Wilson
Publication Date: 2013
Tags: Open-File Report

This is the fourth report produced by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) to detail annual work activities. In FY2011, there were 37 ongoing, completed, or new projects conducted under the five major multi-disciplinary science and technical-assistance activities: (1) Baseline Synthesis, (2) Targeted Monitoring and Research, (3) Data and Information Management, (4) Integration and Coordination, and (5) Decisionmaking and Evaluation. The four new work activities were (1) development of the Western Energy Citation Clearinghouse, a Web-based energy-resource database of references for literature and on-line resources focused on energy development and its effects on natural resources; (2) a study to support the Sublette County Conservation District in ascertaining potential water-quality impacts to the New Fork River from energy development in the Pinedale Anticline Project Area; (3) a study to test the efficacy of blending high-frequency temporal data provided by Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors and high-resolution Landsat data for providing the fine-resolution data required to evaluate habitat responses to management activities at the landscape level; and (4) a study to examine the seasonal water chemistry of Muddy Creek, including documenting salinity patterns and providing a baseline for assessing potential effects of energy and other development on water quality in the Muddy Creek watershed. Two work activities were completed in FY2011: (1) the assessment of rancher perceptions of energy development in Southwest Wyoming and (2) mapping aspen stands and conifer encroachment using classification and regression tree (CART) analysis for effectiveness monitoring. The USGS continued to compile data, develop geospatial products, and upgrade Web-based products in support of both individual and overall WLCI efforts, including (1) ranking and prioritizing proposed conservation projects, (2) developing the WLCI integrated assessment, (3) developing the WLCI 5-year Conservation Action Plan, and (4) continuing to upgrade the content and improve the functionality of the WLCI Web site. For the WLCI FY2012 annual report, a decision was made to greatly reduce the overall length of the annual report, which will be accomplished by simplifying the report format and focusing on the take-home messages of each work activity for WLCI partners.

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