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Updated 5/31/12
Funded Projects - Wildlife Mitigation

JIO Goal: Maintain, preserve and/or enhance up to 90,000 acres of sagebrush-steppe habitat for native wildlife, with emphasis on sage-grouse, antelope and Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) species; and ensure access to habitat by pronghorn.


Carney Ranch Conservation Project

location map of the Carney Ranch project.
This project will create a conservation easement on 2,571 acres of extremely valuable wildlife habitat in the upper Green River Valley which is at high risk for development. This property includes portions of the pronghorn migratory bottleneck (the Funnel Bottleneck) at the head of the Upper Green River, sage-grouse nesting and brood rearing habitat, approximately one mile of Green River frontage, elk winter range, moose crucial winter range, and other numerous wildlife habitat values.

The project meets wildlife mitigation goals for preserving and enhancing wildlife habitats.

  • Project Status: Conservation easement completed; Conservation plan implementation in progress.
  • JIO Funded: $2,093,800
  • Total Project Acres: 2,411
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Carney Family - Landowner
    • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    • The Conservation Fund
    • Wyoming Wildlife & Natural Resources Trust
    • Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust
    • Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative
    • National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Carney Ranch.
pronhorns.
Carney Ranch.

Cottonwood Ranches I Conservation Project

cottonwood ranches location map.
grazing permittee closing gate.
This three part project includes: 1) Conservation easement and conservation plan to preserve and/or enhance pristine wildlife habitat; 2) water efficiency project to allow improved irrigation and grazing management on 25,000 acres; 3) funding for intensive grazing management on a large scale (25,000 acres) that will address best management practices for sagebrush obligates. This project meets JIO wildlife mitigation goals for preserving and enhancing wildlife habitats.
  • Project Status: Conservation easement completed; Conservation plan implementation in progress.
  • JIO Funding: $559,900
  • Total Project Acres: 27,000
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Freddie Botur - Landowner/Grazing permittee
    • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    • The Conservation Fund
    • Wyoming Wildlife & Natural Resources Trust
    • Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust
    • BLM

 


Cottonwood Ranches II Conservation Project

Cottonwood II.
cottonwood ranches.
pronghorn.
This conservation easement and conservation plan on approximately 1,600 acres of private land includes:
implementing improved grazing management on adjacent BLM allotments, state leases and private lands; and a water efficiency project designed to enhance grazing management, increase forage production (for wildlife and livestock), and improve stream and riparian health over a two-mile stretch of Cottonwood Creek. Project meets JIO wildlife mitigation goals for preserving and enhancing wildlife habitats.
  • Project Status: Conservation easement completed; Conservation plan implementation in progress.
  • JIO Funding: $910,417
  • Total Project Acres: 5,172
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Freddie Botur - Landowner/Grazing permittee
    • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    • The Conservation Fund
    • Wyoming Wildlife & Natural Resources Trust
    • Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust
    • BLM

Cottonwood Ranches III Conservation Project

moose.
pronghorn.
The Cottonwood Ranches III Peterson Place Project continues on the successful program developed in the first two phases of the Cottonwood Ranches Initiative, and is based on conservation easement acquisition coupled with long-term land management planning and habitat improvement projects.

The general location was selected by the Jonah Interagency Office staff in 2007 for its outstanding wildlife values that mimic the Jonah Field. The overall goal of the Cottonwood Ranches Initiative is to conserve and enhance (where appropriate) the contiguous 90,000 acres of deeded and public lands controlled by the Cottonwood Ranches. Three progressive management plans are incorporated into a comprehensive plan that adds an
additional contiguous 5,034 acres to the management planning area, and connects the Cottonwood Ranches site to the McNeel Trust JIO project site, providing a contiguous block of 50,000 acres being managed for benefits to sage-grouse and other affected species. This project includes the implementation of various practices to improve wildlife habitat including sage brush treatments, watering facilities, irrigation practices, and monitoring.
  • Project Status: Conservation easement completed; Conservation plan implementation in progress
  • JIO Funded: $1,613,350
  • Total Project Acres of Conservation Easement: 1,797
  • Total Project Acres under Conservation Plan: 50,000
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Freddie Botur - Landowner/Grazing permittee
    • BLM

Cross Lazy Two Ranch Conservation Project

cross lazy 2 ranch location.
Cross Lazy Two Ranch.
Barn on Cross Lazy Two Ranch.

This project involves (1) purchasing a conservation easement on the 4,410 acre Cross Lazy Two Ranch and (2) working with the landowners, JIO and local NRCS office to design, implement, monitor and adapt a mutually-agreeable conservation/habitat management plan for the private and public property described above that includes annual monitoring and a communication plan to ensure regular review and adaptation as necessary. Project meets JIO wildlife mitigation goals for preserving and enhancing wildlife habitats.
  • Project Status: Conservation easement completed; Conservation plan implementation in progress.
  • JIO Funded: $2,000,000
  • Total Project Acres: 51,156
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Tim & Jody Thompson - Landowners
    • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    • Tom Thorne Sage-grouse Foundation
    • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
    • Wyoming Wildlife & Natural Resources Trust
    • Green River Valley Land Trust

Diamond H Ranch Conservation Project

Diamond H ranch location map.
Diamond H ranch.
This conservation easement and conservation plan is on approximately 3,000 acres of high quality wildlife habitat which are undergoing significant small-tract home development. Habitat fragmentation resulting from development activities are considered to be among the state’s greatest threats to wildlife habitat and to traditional agricultural operations. Project meets JIO wildlife mitigation goals for preserving and enhancing wildlife habitats.
  • Project Status: Completed
  • JIO Funded: $479,430
  • Total Project Acres: 4,598
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Miles & Corby McGinnis - Landowner
    • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    • Wyoming Wildlife & Natural Resources Trust
    • Wyoming Game & Fish Trust Fund
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service

Dynamic Message Signs

Wildlife crossing sign.
Funds are used to purchase four dynamic message sign boards to be put in place along Sublette County highways to advise drivers of wildlife crossing concentration areas. These portable signs are most beneficial during migration seasons. Project meets JIO wildlife mitigation goals by protecting antelope migration corridors at highway crossings.
  • Project Status: Funded in 2007. Message signs are in use.
  • Total Project Cost: $62,500
  • JIO Funded: $62,500
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Wyoming Game & Fish Department

Elk Mountain / Red Canyon Prescribed Burn

Elk Mountain-Red Canyon location map.
Elk Mountain/Red Canyon.
helitorch.
This project aims to improve upland plant communities for various wildlife species, including sage-grouse with prescribed burning of 20,000 acres (approximately half black) in a mosaic pattern in the Elk Mountain area. This is the most environmentally acceptable method to stimulate regeneration of desired plant communities (aspen, mountain shrubs and grasses). Project meets JIO wildlife mitigation goals for preserving and enhancing wildlife habitats.
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Total Project Cost: $90,000
  • JIO Funded: $72,000
  • Total Project Acres: 20,000
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Numerous Landowners & Grazing permittees
    • Bear River Cooperative Resource Management
    • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
    • Wyoming Sage-grouse Working Group
    • Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative
    • Wyoming Wildlife & Natural Resources Trust
    • State of Wyoming
    • Wyoming Game & Fish Department
    • BLM Kemmerer

Habitat Improvement Pilot Project (Arambel Reservoir Project)

arambel reservoir location map.
Arambel Reservoir.
This project includes treating four separate five acre test plots using Lawson Aerator; snow fence construction to add moisture for increased reclamation success; test of weed control methods; and repair of dam on Arambel Reservoir. Project meets JIO wildlife mitigation goals for preserving and enhancing wildlife habitats.
  • Project Status: Implementation in progress
  • Total Project Cost: $868,685.25
  • JIO Funded: $499,000
  • Total Project Acres: Directly: 1,830 Indirectly: 73,518 (allotment total)
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Arambel - Grazing permittee
    • EnCana

Habitat Improvement Pilot Project (Arambel Reservoir - Amended)

The remaining funds from the Arambel Reservoir Habitat Improvement Project were requested and approved for funding. The funds were used to develop one new water well, to redrill a water well that was no longer producing, and to remove perch structures. Livestock water facilities are planned for both well locations and wildlife green areas (if conditions are favorable). Fence approximately 58 acres around the Sublette Springs will aid in the re-establishment of the riparian ecosystem.
  • Project Status: Implementation complete, monitoring in progress
  • Total Project Cost: $126,500
  • JIO Funded: $126,500
  • Total Project Acres: Approximately 58

JIO Focus Area Inventory Project

Running a vegetation monitoring transect.
vegetation monitoring tape and hoop.
This project involves collecting baseline vegetation information across the JIO focus area to better identify problems and opportunities for future projects to address JIO mitigation targets and goals. Another aspect of this includes the use of inventory information to develop conservation plans associated with JIO projects, in particular those involving an easement and associated conservation plan.
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Total Project Cost: $370,000
  • JIO Funded: $333,875
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Tom Thorn Sage-grouse Fund
    • Wildlife Heritage Foundation
    • North-Wind
    • Grazing permitees
    • Sublette County
    • NRCS
    • BLM

Jonah Raptor Nest Platforms

raptor platform.
This project constructs and places nesting platforms for ferruginous hawks. The project meets JIO wildlife mitigation goals for preserving and enhancing wildlife habitats.
  • Project Status: Implementation in progress
  • Total Project Cost: $2,153
  • JIO Funded: $2,153
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • BLM

McNeel Conservation Easement & Conservation Plan

McNeel Ranch location map.
McNeel Ranch.
This project involves the purchase of a conservation easement on 640 acres of McNeel Ranch and implementing a conservation plan that encompasses 11,079 acres (640 acres of private land and 10,439 acres of BLM lands). The McNeel Conservation Easement and Conservation Plan meets the JIO wildlife mitigation goals for preserving and enhancing wildlife habitats and provides continuity of important habitat with existing conservation projects (Cottonwood Ranches) funded through JIO.
  • Project Status: Conservation easement completed
  • JIO Funded: $320,000
  • Total Project Acres: 11,079
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Lee & Eva Kelly
    • The Conservation Fund
    • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    • Tom Thorn Sage-grouse Foundation
    • BLM Pinedale

MJ Ranch Conservation Project

MJ Ranch location map.
Conservation easement and conservation plan on sagebrush habitat used by sage-grouse, mule deer, pronghorn, and elk, and stream habitat used for spawning by brown trout. Project meets JIO wildlife mitigation goals for preserving and enhancing wildlife habitats.
  • North Pasture Individual Allotment Improvement Project - 08/11/10
  • Project Status: Conservation plan implementation in progress
  • JIO Funded: $536,821
  • Total Project Acres: 4,836
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Mark & Renee Jones - Landowners
    • The Conservation Fund
    • Wyoming Wildlife & Natural Resources Trust
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service

 

stream. Antelope roaming MJ Ranch. MJ Ranch. pronghorns.

Noble-Cora Peak Wildlife Project

Noble-Cora Peak location map.
This project includes three separate components: 1) Upgrade an existing spring and install a diversion to divert sediments away from the spring. Spring provides essential vegetation for sage-grouse brood rearing, and drinking water for all forms of wildlife, including sage-grouse and pronghorn; 2) Down the draw from the spring, drill and install a new watering well with facilities for wildlife and livestock. This well will allow water to run-off down into the draw and into an old reservoir potentially creating vegetation essential for sagegrouse brood rearing. This watering facility will also create clean drinking water for pronghorn, as this is in the migratory
area. The potential exists to install a wildlife friendly fence around the spring and reservoir; 3) Drill well and install second watering facility in northeast area of allotment. This well will provide drinking water for pronghorn and mule deer, especially during migrations, as well as livestock. The potential exists to develop plans for vegetation improvements if warranted. The project proponent will use the watering systems to implement a rotational grazing pattern throughout the allotment.
  • NEPA Documents - 07/23/10
  • Project Status: Implementation in progress
  • Total Project Cost: $64,640
  • JIO Funded: $64,640
  • Total Project Acres: 2,350 (allotment total)
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Noble - Grazing permittee
    • BLM Pinedale

Range Improvement Water Trough Bird Ramps

This project roduces and installs wildlife escape ramps in all BLM range water improvement tanks in coordination with BLM Range and Wildlife Staff. Project meets JIO wildlife mitigation goals for preserving and enhancing wildlife habitats, especially birds.

  • Project Status: Implementation in progress
  • Total Project Cost: $36,500
  • JIO Funded: $36,500
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Green River Valley Land Trust
    • Future Farmers of America - Pinedale
    • Pheasants Forever
    • Numerous volunteers
    • BLM Pinedale
installing bird ramp. installing bird ramp. Water Trough Bird Ramp.

 


Rock Creek Subdivision Antelope Migration Fence Modification

Rock Creek bottleneck location map.
Rock Creek bottleneck.
This project provides funding modification of fences in the Upper Green subdivision and in an important migratory bottleneck for pronghorn antelope. Project meets JIO wildlife mitigation goals by improving antelope migration corridors at fence crossings.
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Total Project Cost: $18,804
  • JIO Funded: $18,804
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Landowners
    • Wyoming Game & Fish Department

Ryegrass Mowing

Rock Creek bottleneck location map.
Ryegrass Mowing Project.
Mechanical treatments (mowing) of sagebrush on the Ryegrass Individual and James Ryegrass allotments will restore the early seral portion of the sagebrush community. This project will likely have a beneficial effect to sage-grouse and pronghorn by increasing grass and forb diversity in the understory vegetation. Project meets JIO mitigation goals my maintaining and/or enhancing sagebrush-steppe habitat for sage-grouse and pronghorn antelope.
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Total Project Cost: $13,000
  • JIO Funded: $13,000
  • Total Project Acres: Directly: 1,600 : Indirectly: 5,685 (allotment total)
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Grazing permittees
    • BLM Pinedale

Sommers-Grindstone Conservation Project

Rock Creek bottleneck location map.
Sommers-Grindstone project area.
This project consists of three distinct conservation projects: 1) the Sommers/Todd Place project, 2) the Scott Place project, and 3) the Duke Place project. All three projects combined encompass approximately 19,000 deeded acres at two critical locations along the Green River in northern Sublette County and at an important corridor and buffer area between the Bridger Teton National Forest and the Green River. This project includes
conservation practices to maintain/enhance valuable wildlife habitat, preserve a significant historical site, and provide public fishing access.
  • Project Status: Conservation easement completed
  • JIO Funds: $5,000,000
  • Total Project acres under Conservation Easement: 19,000
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Albert Sommers & Maugerite Miller - Landowners
    • Numberous other financial partners

Squaretop Water Wells

Square Top Wells location map.
This project includes improving three watering facilities in the Squaretop Allotment and creating a “wildlife only area” in each location. An overflow on each well will create a pond or greenup zone that will be fenced for wildlife only access. The watering facilities will provide essential drinking water to wildlife and livestock and will improve livestock grazing distribution across the allotment. Project meets JIO goals by improving or enhancing wildlife habitat.
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Total Project Cost: $73,944
  • JIO Funded: $73,944
  • Total Project Acres: Directly: 15: Indirectly: 38,000 (allotment total)
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Squaretop Grazing Association
    • BLM Pinedale

 

Square top water wells. Square Top pond. pronhorns. sage-grouse.
2006 (before)
2007 (during)
2009 (after with pronghorns)
2009 (after with sage-grouse)

Wildlife Friendly Fencing Initiative

Wildlife Friendly Fencing location map.
modified fence.
This project inventories fences within a portion of the pronghorn migration route from the Forest Service boundary to Trapper’s Point in Sublette County, Wyoming. This project will map each fence’s location; evaluate which fences most affect pronghorn and other big game migration based on objective criteria developed by project partners (including private landowners and public land managers). Subject to the consent of the owners and obtaining necessary access to do the work, the project modifies, reconstructs and/or removes fences to facilitate better pronghorn movement within the route before the fall migration. The project also monitors and evaluates the
project’s effectiveness. Project meets JIO mitigation goal by improving antelope migration corridors at fence crossings.
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Total Project Cost: $2,406,180
  • JIO Funded: $1,000,000
  • Partners/Cooperators
    • Green River Valley Land Trust
    • EnerCrest
    • Environmental Defense Fund
    • Family Foundations
    • Mule Deer Foundation
    • Safari Club International
    • National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
    • Private donors
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service
    • Bridger-Teton National Forest
    • BLM
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