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Updated 3/6/12
About the Jonah Interagency Office

The Jonah Interagency Mitigation and Reclamation Office (JIO) was created by the Jonah Infill Drilling Project Record of Decision (2006) to provide overall management of field monitoring and mitigation activities, both on- and off-site.

To perform these functions, the JIO manages a monitoring and mitigation escrow fund with monies committed by EnCana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc. and BP America Production Company. The original funding of $24.5 million was divided into $16.5 million for off-site mitigation of wildlife impacts and $8 million for other positive environmental impacts. JIO funds are held by the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, established by the State of Wyoming to protect wildlife habitat and other natural resources.

The JIO is staffed with specialists from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Wyoming Game & Fish Department, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, and the Bureau of Land Management. Oversight of the JIO is provided by an Agency Managers Committee, composed of participating Agency directors . The Manager’s committee generally meets about 4 times a year to provide senior-level guidance, evaluate past performance, and review future needs and planned activities.

The JIO solicits project proposals from interested parties (individuals, agencies or organizations) on a continuing open-season basis with October 31 as the deadline for applications to be funded the next calendar year. These projects must meet the spirit of the Jonah ROD - namely mitigating resource impacts associated with the Jonah Field development.

In addition to managing the Jonah Field on-site monitoring and off-site mitigation, the JIO provides adaptive management recommendations to the BLM regarding overall field development. Recommendations are based on ongoing evaluations of current mitigation effectiveness, in particular reclamation success.

JIO staff are actively involved in reclamation monitoring, air quality monitoring, livestock and rangeland health issues, as well as wildlife habitat management and improvement.