View the descriptions below to learn more about the following projects:
Big Piney/LaBarge Watershed Restoration Project - The District entered into a cooperative grant agreement with the BLM Pinedale Field Office aimed at jump starting a multi-watershed wide project in the southern portion of Sublette County. The goal is to re-establish, maintain or improve proper watershed, wetland, riparian and stream channel functions in streams impacted by accelerated erosion to support natural or desired surface-water flow regimes and meet Wyoming water-quality standards.
Big Sandy Fish Barrier (US Fish & Wildlife Service) - This fish barrier is a means to conserve native species by providing an area in the Big Sandy River where other predatory fish cannot access. The multi-year planned fish passage project includes several steps, the first of which is building a fish barrier on the Big Sandy River to help protect the genetically pure populations.
Cliff Creek Project - The District partnered with Wyoming Game and Fish, Sublette County Weed & Pest, Hoback Grazing Association and the United States Forest Service to implement post-Cliff Creek fire conservation measures. This project was funded for 2 years and includes constructing 1.5 miles of wildlife-friendly high-tensile electric wire fence along Cliff Creek to reduce livestock grazing in the area, hiring a rider to assist with the occasional movement of livestock out of the burn area as well as locating and identifying noxious and invasive weeds inside the burn perimeter.
Condos Wetland (Wyoming Game & Fish Department) - This is a wetland project where a culvert has failed. The project will purchase a new culvert and water control structure.
Fontenelle Fire/Piney Creeks Project - This is a multi-practice, multi-year project, including relocation of grazing for the grazing rest period, and weed control efforts. Grazing rest period is over and fence infrastructure has been restored. Fear of undetected backcountry weed infestations urged the use of a backcountry horseback surveillance and control effort thus weed control efforts are still underway.
Forest Collaborative - This is a diverse group of individuals that have formed with an overall effort at improving forest health in Sublette County. The group teamed up with state and federal land management agencies to make recommendations for landscape based projects in the county. The group identified 6 areas; Upper Hoback, Boulder Lake, Big Sandy, Moose Gypsum, Apperson Creek and New Fork Lake.
Great Conservation Idea - SCCD partnered with EnCana Oil & Gas to initially begin this grant assistance program. Then, Pinedale Anticline Project Office became a partner and funded the program to allow it to continue to fund small but great conservation ideas. The program supports conservation projects that aren't necessarily competitive for larger funding sources so that civics groups, clubs, youth groups and others can complete their great conservation idea projects.
Greater North LaBarge Ecological Site Inventory - The District has partnered with the BLM Pinedale Field Office to complete an Ecological Site Inventory in North LaBarge Common following the Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) protocol. Data collected will aid in management decisions and is a large-scale venture expected to supplement ongoing projects in the area to conserve and promote Sublette County's abundant natural resources.
Lazy River Ranch Swan Pond (US Fish & Wildlife Service) - This is a wetland project to benefit swans. Dikes will be placed to inundate some currently irrigated land on the New Fork River floodplain in order to make the water deeper and hold it longer through the summer months.
Red Desert to Hoback Migration Partnership/Fencing Project - This longest known mule deer migration corridor in the lower 48 states spans 150 miles, one way, from the Hoback Basin to the Red Desert Basin. There are over 100 fences that deer have to navigate in the corridor, many of which are not wildlife friendly. The objective of this project is to maintain permeability. This can be achieved through conservation easements, improving road crossings, habitat improvement in stopover areas, and fence modification. Private landowners are instrumental in this conservation effort with 25% of the corridor passing through private land.
Subdivision Reviews - Wyoming State Statutes require a developer of a subdivision to obtain a review and recommendations from the local Conservation District regarding soil suitability, erosion control, flooding hazards and sedimentation.
Upper Green River Basin Sage Grouse Local Work Group - This group is comprised of local, state and federal agency representatives, as well as other stakeholders with local interests such as industry, agriculture and conservation. There are eight local work groups across the state working to facilitate and implement conservation plans that benefit the Greater sage-grouse, their sagebrush habitat, and other species that also use these habitats.
Windmill Solar Conversions (Wyoming Game & Fish Department) - Research suggests territorial breeding pairs of ravens predate sage-grouse nests and chicks. The removal of man-made features from the landscape that can serve as nesting sites for specific territorial breeding pairs of ravens and control ravens when/where necessary by means such as removal of nests and constructing deterrents. These windmills were converted to solar pumping plants.
Wyoming Conservation Exchange - The Wyoming Conservation Exchange grew out of a multi-year collaborative process in the Upper Green River Basin involving a wide-range of stakeholders. The Exchange concept is developed to offer compensatory mitigation opportunities to a broader array of landowners. When habitat impacts from development cannot be avoided or minimized, the Exchange allows energy companies and industries to offset these impacts by purchasing credits from landowners who create, maintain or improve habitat.
Wyoming Range Mule Deer (Wyoming Game & Fish Department) - The projects purpose is to provide the cost of a rider to the South LaBarge Grazing Association (SLGA), located in the area of the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Habitat project. The habitat project proposes a number of vegetation treatments. An important factor influencing success of the treatments includes rest from grazing. Treatments are generally small but scattered across the grazing area.