District 4 (Sheridan and Johnson Counties)
Steamboat Aspen
March 2017.  Terrestrial habitat enhancement by mechanical treatment, fire and chemical removal of invasive conifers necessary in northern Sheridan County.

Total Project Cost:  $150,280
WWNRT Funded:     $78,000
Sponsor:  Wyoming Game and Fish

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Upper Tongue River II
March 2017.   Construction of instream structures and bank manipulation on the Upper Tongue River in northern Sheridan County.

Total Project Cost:  $295,200
WWNRT Funded:   $100,000
Sponsor:  Sheridan County Conservation District

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Upper Tongue Rehab
March 2016.  Restoration of stream function through bank stabilization and development of fish passage where current barriers exist. 

Total Project Costs:   $139,100
WWNRT Funding:       $50,000
Sponsor:  Sheridan County Conservation District

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Wolf Creek Conservation Easement
March 2016.  Conservation easement on approximately 103 acres of native rangeland and farm ground in Sheridan County.

Total Project Cost:  $960,100
WWNRT Funding:  $192,020
Sponsor:  Sheridan Community Land Trust
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North Gateway Open Space
March 2016.  Conservation easement on approximately 30 acres of riparian and wetland habitat and open lands in Sheridan County.

Total Project Cost:   $667,300
WWNRT Funding:     $63,400
Sponsor:  Sheridan Community Land Trust
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Tongue River Russian Olive
March 2016.  Removal of Russian Olive through mechanical and chemical treatment.

Total Project Cost:   $80,000
WWNRT Funding:   $17,000
Sponsor:  Sheridan Community Land Trust
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Tenneson Conservation Easement

December 2011. Conservation easement on approximately 535 acres will protect and enhance more than two miles of riparian and stream habitats on Clear Creek and Ulm Creek in Sheridan County. The area holds high importance for Sage-grouse and Sharp-tailed grouse, as well as deer and antelope.

Total Project Cost: $345,000
WWNRT Funded: $20,000
Sponsor: Sheridan Community Land Trust



Tongue River - Dayton

June 2012. Continued stream enhancement and irrigation improvement on the main stem of the Tongue River near Dayton. This project is a continuing effort to stabilize stream function, while improving the efficiency of water delivery for agriculture.

Total Project Cost: $158,000
WWNRT Funded: $60,000
Sponsor: Sheridan County Conservation District



Upper Tongue Riparian Habitat

June 2012. Stabilization and recruitment of riparian woody vegetation on the upper Tongue River will stabilize streambanks and improve water quality. This project includes fencing of key habitats to preclude excessive browsing by wildlife in the area.

Total Project Cost: $138,983
WWNRT Funded: $31,000
Sponsor: Big Horn National Forest



Camp Roberts Reservoir

June 2012. Conservation efforts to expand and enhance shallow water wetlands associated with Camp Roberts Reservoir in Johnson County.

Total Project Cost: $250,216
WWNRT Funded: $50,000
Sponsor: YMCA of the Bighorns


Buckskin Ed

June 2012. Stream habitat improvements to allow fish passage and eliminate sources of erosion and turbidity in Buckskin Ed Creek in Big Horn County, 30 miles west of Buffalo. Project consists of perched culvert replacement and streambank stabilization.

Total Project Cost: $214,289
WWNRT Funded: $30,000
Sponsor: Big Horn National Forest



Bear Trap Easement

June 2011. Conservation easement on historic livestock trailing route that serves as major migration area for elk, deer, and other species of wildlife west of Kaycee. This project will maintain numerous family agricultural operations and conserve key habitats for a variety of wildlife species in an area highly susceptible to housing development.

Total Project Cost: $261,000
WWNRT Funded: $50,000
Sponsor: Wyoming Stock Growers Ag Land Trust




South Park Open Space

June 2011. Continuation of efforts to restore natural flow regimes and vegetation within the City of Sheridan. This project will remove Russian olive and saltcedar, and replace invasives with native trees and shrubs.

Total Project Cost: $209,640
WWNRT Funded: $50,000
Sponsor: City of Sheridan




Barnum Mahogany

June 2011. Removal of encroaching conifers to stimulate production of mountain mahogany, a key winter forage for mule deer near Barnum.

Total Project Cost: $105,409
WWNRT Funded: $40,000
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish Commission






HF Bar Conservation Easement

December 2010. The HF Bar Ranch north of Buffalo is one of the premier guest ranches in the nation, and this easement will restrict development on nearly 1,900 acres of habitat for deer, elk, upland game birds and fisheries. This area joins several thousand acres of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission’s’ Bud Love habitat unit.

Total Project Cost: $4,035,000
WWNRT Funded: $800,000
Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation






Soldier Creek Ridge Conservation Easement

December 2010. An innovative easement on approximately 1,000 acres of native grassland habitat west of Sheridan will maintain open lands and habitat for sharp:tailed grouse, while maintaining transition range and migration routes for deer and antelope.

Total Project Cost: $891,000
WWNRT Funded: $190,000
Sponsor: Sheridan Community Land Trust



Red Roost Riparian Habitat

June 2010. Stream restoration project will include fencing and grazing management to improve habitats for turkey, pheasants, Sharp:tailed grouse, deer, and aquatic species on Little Piney Creek in Sheridan County.

Total Project Cost: $52,000
WWNRT Funded: $15,000
Sponsor: Ducks Unlimited



Beckton Ranch Easement

December 2009. Conservation easement on a large portion of one of the most historic ranches in Sheridan County. This easement includes essential habitats for Sharp:tailed grouse, mule deer, elk, and grassland birds. This easement is also intended to maintain the agricultural integrity of a large ranch. This is a large project and will require legislative approval. Photo courtesy of Sheridan Travel and Tourism.

Total Project Cost: $2,500,000
WWNRT Funded: $350,000
Sponsor: The Nature Conservancy













Tongue River: Padlock

June 2009. This project involves the rehabilitation of several miles of the Tongue River by removing car bodies, concrete, tires and other riprap, and re:establishing natural stream function through placement of stream structures and other methods. The project will expand to include food plots and wetlands to increase nesting success of game birds and other avian species. The Tongue River watershed is habitat to brown, brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout as well as other species of fish.

Total Project Cost: $530,000
       WWNRT Funded: $195,000
       Sponsor: Sheridan County Conservation District


South Fork Tongue River II

June 2009. Stream restoration on the South Fork of the Tongue River west of Sheridan. This is expansion of previous efforts to enhance fisheries habitats and reduce soil loss on the Bighorn National Forest, and provides better cover for fish in a highly:used public fishing area.

Total Project Cost: $98,000
WWNRT Funded: $25,000
Sponsor: Big Horn National Forest



Seven Brothers Sagebrush

June 2009. Treatment of invasive species, re:seeding with native plants, and livestock management to improve habitats for Sage:grouse in northern Sheridan County.

Total Project Cost: $400,000
WWNRT Funded: $80,000
Sponsor: Cooperative Sagebrush Initiative



Kusel Ranch Easement

December 2008. Conservation easement on approximately 1,100 acres in Sheridan County, with important habitats for songbirds, Sharp:tailed grouse, pheasants, turkey, deer and other species.

Total Project Cost: $825,000
WWNRT Funded: $250,000 (Requires Legislative Approval
Sponsor:Wyoming Stock Growers Agriculture Land Trust



Kendrick Dam Bypass

December 2008. Fish passage bypass on Clear Creek in Sheridan County, to allow spawning for native warm:water species of fish, and to improve irrigation efficiency and water delivery to local ranches.

Total Project Cost: $707,290
WWNRT Funded: $200,000 (Requires Legislative Approval
Sponsor:Wyoming Game and Fish Commission



Clarendon: Morrison Conservation Easement

June 2008. This conservation easement will protect 310 acres of private land from development. This area is habitat for deer and elk, but is especially important to native upland game birds like Sharp:tailed grouse and Sage:grouse.

Total Project Cost: $750,000
WWNRT Funded: $185,000
Sponsor:Wyoming Stock Growers Agriculture Land Trust



Sheridan County Diversion Rehabilitation

June 2008. This project involves the rehabilitation and replacement of four existing irrigation diversion structures. This, in turn, will promote upstream fish passage and survivability. The Tongue River watershed is habitat to brown, brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout as well as other species of fish.

Total Project Cost: $245,000
WWNRT Funded: $65,000
  Sponsor: Sheridan County Conservation District



Sheridan River Walk

December 2008. Restoration of habitats and stream function on Goose Creek within the City of Sheridan. This is the first urban waterway project funded by the Trust program.

Total Project Cost: $300,000
WWNRT Funded: $75,000
Sponsor: Downtown Sheridan Association





Lake DeSmet Grasslands


December 2007. The first phase of this grassland restoration project was funded in 2006 and treated 143,000 acres in Johnson County. Additional funding in 2007 will add 91,000 acres for a total treatment area of 234,000 acres. Treatments are aimed at stimulating grasslands and sagebrush communities, primarily to enhance Sage grouse and grassland bird habitats.






Total Project Cost: $3,900,000
WWNRT Funded: $235,000
Sponsor: Lake DeSmet Conservation District






South Fork Tongue River

June 2007. Stream restoration on the South Fork of the Tongue River west of Sheridan. This is expansion of previous efforts to enhance fisheries habitats and reduce soil loss on the Bighorn National Forest.

Total Project Cost: $62,220
WWNRT Funded: $20,000
Sponsor: Big Horn National Forest




Lake DeSmet Conservation District

Program to restore the productivity of sagebrush/grasslands and previously converted cropland habitat in Johnson County to enhance habitats for mule deer, pronghorn antelope, sagebrush obligates and other wildlife.

Total Project Cost: $1,335,406
WWNRT Funded: $60,000
Sponsor: Lake DeSmet Conservation District



Barnum Mahogany




Mechanical removal and treatment of encroaching conifers in native mountain mahogany stands on approximately 1,200 acres 17 miles west of Kaycee

Total Project Cost: $105,409
WWNRT Funded: $38,097.02
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish





Sheridan Fish Passage




Rehabilitation measures to improve fish passage and maintain stream health at five locations within Sheridan County, WY

Total Project Cost: $270,000
WWNRT Funded: $122,000
Sponsor: Sheridan County Conservation District





Dunlap Diversion Rehab




Stream habitat improvement by removal of fish barriers, instream habitat enhancement and revegetation of streambanks on Piney Creek in Sheridan County, WY

Total Project Cost: $420,654
WWNRT Funded: $190,000
Sponsor: Apache Foundation





Southern Big Horn Mahogany II



Enhancement of quantity and quality of mountain mahogany plants in an area of high seasonal use by mule deer and elk through mechanical removal of invasive conifers and other plants that impair growth of mahogany.

Total Project Cost: $50,000
WWNRT Funded: $20,000
Sponsor: Bureau of Land Management





EO Taylor WHMA

Rangeland enhancements to increase forage and cover on a highly important habitat for seasonal elk, mule deer and other species in Johnson County, WY

Total Project Cost: $53,000
WWNRT Funded: $24,000
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish



Middle Fork Powder





Removal of annual streambed diversion and replacement with irrigation structure that will allow passage of fish species.

Total Project Cost: $78,100
WWNRT Funded: $40,000
Sponsor: Trout Unlimited








Canyon Creek Crossing

Improvement of aquatic organism passage and fish habitat at three sites within the Canyon Creek watershed, including replacement of perched culverts, Improvement of two degraded fords and improvement of native Yellowstone cutthroat trout habitat.

Total Project Cost: $205,576
WWNRT Funded: $55,000
Sponsor: U.S. Forest Service



Sheep Creek Fire Rehab



Terrestrial habitat enhancement by aggressive treatment for invasive species, fence replacement, seeding and other post-fire treatments to restrict overuse of forage.

Total Project Cost: $64,295
WWNRT Funded: $20,000
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish





South Big Horn Mahogany III

Enhancement of quantity and quality of mountain mahogany plants in an area of high seasonal use by mule deer and elk through mechanical removal of invasive conifers and other plants that impair growth of mahogany.

Total Project Cost: $90,000
WWNRT Funded: $40,000
Sponsor: Bureau of Land Management