District 8 (Niobrara, Goshen, Platte, and Converse Counties)
North Laramie Aspen
March 2017.  Invasive conifer removal and invasive species control through mechanical and chemical treatment, and prescribed fire.

Total Project Cost:  $119,800
WWNRT Funded:   $62,000
Sponsor:  Wyoming Game and Fish
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Blue Downey Reservoir
March 2016.  Improvement of retention dam and stabilization  of eroding soils through enhanced design of reservoir.

Total Project Cost:   $223,620
WWNRT Funding:   $100,000
Sponsor:   Wyoming Game and Fish

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Platte County CRP

December 2011. Pilot project to demonstrate reclamation potential on CRP lands in southeastern Wyoming, including fire, invasive species control, and vegetation management.

Total Project Cost: $43,750
WWNRT Funded: $2,500
Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory


Thunder Basin Grouse Collars

June 2012. Close level mapping of Sage-grouse habitats in an area of high development and potential for loss of birds and habitat. Mapping will allow local managers the ability to more closely manage habitats to benefit Sage-grouse.

Total Project Cost: $385,000
WWNRT Funded: $66,000
Sponsor: Thunder Basin Grassland Prairie Ecosystem Association.


Thunder Basin Sage Mapping

June 2012. Collaring of local Sage-grouse to determine areas of highest seasonal importance and guide management of livestock and other uses in the area.

Total Project Cost: $144,900
WWNRT Funded: $35,000
Sponsor: Thunder Basin Grassland Prairie Ecosystem Association.


 
SE Wyoming Wetlands

June 2011. Removal of invasive species, primarily Russian olive, to enhance water cycle and maintain shallow water habitat for waterfowl north of Wheatland.

Total Project Cost: $65,000
WWNRT Funded: $30,000
Sponsor: Pheasants Forever - Chug Creek Chapter


 
Goshen County Invasives IV

June 2011. Continued efforts to eradicate Russian olive and saltcedar on tributaries of the North Platte River. Working in conjunction with landowners in local cooperative programs, this effort has restored hundreds of acres of habitat for waterfowl, game birds, grassland birds and deer.

Total Project Cost: $155,000
WWNRT Funded: $45,000
Sponsor: Goshen County Weed and Pest District



Rawhide Russian Olive

December 2010. Eradication of invasive Russian olive on Game and Fish unit near Torrington. Removal will improve water cycling and recruitment of vegetation that serves as foraging and hiding cover for game birds.

Total Project Cost: $78,200
WWNRT Funded: $20,000
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish Commission








Goshen County Weed and Pest

June 2009. Coordinated effort to eliminate a variety of invasive species and re-establish native grassland and wetland ecosystems, primarily along the North Platte River throughout Goshen County. This is an ongoing project, now in its third phase.  

Total Project Cost: $606,000
WWNRT Funded: $150,000
Sponsor: Goshen County Weed and Pest District




North Laramie Range

December 2008. Mechanical harvest and prescribed fire to enhance and rejuvenate aspen and deciduous shrubs on a large landscape in the Laramie Mountains. This project is in the third phase of completion and covers more than 15,000 acres of crucial habitats for elk, deer, Sage-grouse and other species.

Total Project Cost: $1,487,960
WWNRT Funded: $540,000 (requires legislative approval)
Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wyoming Game and Fish Commission



Thunder Basin Riparian Habitat

June 2008. This project includes the installation of 22 miles of pipeline and drilling of 8 new water wells equipped with solar platforms and tire tanks. These alternate water sources will help protect key riparian areas and wetlands along the Cheyenne River and Antelope Creek for the benefit of mule deer, antelope, elk Sage-grouse and grassland bird species.

Total Project Cost- $543,700
WWNRT Funded: $100,000
Sponsor: Thunder Basin Grazing Association



Stock Tank Escape Ramps

June 2007. Inventory, ordering, and delivery of approximately 5,000 ramps to allow birds and small mammals to escape from water tanks. Project is coordinated statewide by the Niobrara County Conservation District.  

Total Project Cost: $465,000
WWNRT Funded: $179,600
Sponsor: Niobrara County Conservation District



Thunder Basin Sagebrush

December 2007. Additional efforts to eliminate cheatgrass and prickly-pear in large grassland ecosystem which provides habitat for a wide array of grassland species. Joins efforts of Thunder Basin Grassland Prairie Ecosystem Association.  

Total Project Cost: $396,952
WWNRT Funded: $100,000
Sponsor: Converse County Weed and Pest District



Riparian Reforestation

June 2007. Elimination of salt cedar and Russian olive on the Cheyenne River, Lightning Creek, Lance Creek, and Greasewood Creek in Niobrara County. Project will help to increase water availability and restore native shrubs and trees to the watershed.  

Total Project Cost: $180,155
WWNRT Funded: $47,155
Sponsor: Niobrara County Conservation District



Goshen Basin Wetlands

June 2007. Re-establishment and creation of shallow-water wetlands in Goshen County, will add approximately 600 acres of prime breeding, nesting, and migratory habitat for as many as 140 species of birds. Project will also remove exotic species in wetland areas.  

Total Project Cost: $170,000
WWNRT Funded: $71,400
Sponsor: Ducks Unlimited



Laramie River Invasives

June 2007. Elimination of salt cedar and Russian olive on drainages near Wheatland, to increase habitat for birds, deer, and small mammals.    

Total Project Cost: $64,705
WWNRT Funded: $30,000
Sponsor: Platte County Weed and Pest



Dull Center Sagebrush

June 2007. Elimination of prickly pear and cheatgrass to stimulate native grasses and sagebrush. Project is located near Dull Center in NE Converse County.    

Total Project Cost: $47,000
WWNRT Funded: $20,000
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish Commission.




Thunder Basin Grasslands

June 2007. Ongoing program with multiple landowners utilizing fire, grazing management, and invasive species control to enhance habitats for grassland birds, raptors, small mammals, and other wildlife. This project is coordinated by a landowner's organization, and also improves forage for livestock.

Total Project Cost: $2,200,000
WWNRT Funded: $200,000
Sponsor: Thunder Basin Prairie Ecosystem Association











South Laramie Range Prescribed Fire

Removes encroaching conifers and helps to re-establish aspen, grassland, and sagebrush habitats.      

Total Project Cost: $85,000
WWNRT Funded: $15,000
Sponsor: Platte County Natural Resource District




SE Wyoming Guzzlers

Develops water to maintain and increase turkey, pheasant, and sharptail grouse.      

Total Project Cost: $45,000
WWNRT Funded: $15,000
Sponsor: Pheasants Forever






Goshen Weed and Pest




Program to implement an Integrated Pest Management plan to contain and control the spread of noxious and invasive weed species in southern Goshen county.

Total Project Cost: $286,000
WWNRT Funded: $50,000
Sponsor: Goshen County Weed and Pest District




Douglas Wildfire Restoration




Rangeland enhancement through the use of reseeding, soil chemistry enhancements, chemical, mechanical and other treatments of invasives to restore native plants communities in northern Converse County, WY

Total Project Cost: $178,200
WWNRT Funded: $30,000
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish




Table Mountain WHMA

Wetland habitat enhancement and water management improvement on the Table Mountain Wildlife Habitat Management Unit in Goshen County, WY

Total Project Cost: $295,245
WWNRT Funded: $60,700
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish



Rawhide Russian Olive II



Wildlife habitat enhancement through removal of invasive Russian Olive, saltcedar and cheatgrass on the Rawhide Unit in Goshen County. 

Total Project Cost: $63,600
WWNRT Funded: $27,000
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish




Goshen Weed and Pest II




Platte River Russian Olive and Salt Cedar Management

Total Project Cost: $160,000
WWNRT Funded: $50,000
Sponsor: Goshen County Weed and Pest District





North Laramie Range III

Prescribed burn to reduce hazardous fuel loads by more than 60% within mechanically treated Aspen stands immediately post burn and stimulate Aspen regeneration through suckering.

Total Project Cost: $465,020
WWNRT Funded: $340,020
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish



Bates Creek - North Laramie V

Continuation of watershed enhancement project on approximately 20,000 acres in southern Natrona County and southern Converse County to remove encroaching conifers through mechanical means and prescribed fire, and for revegetation and rangeland improvements through alternative grazing strategies, including removal of livestock to other locations, and fencing.

Total Project Cost: $1,005,975
WWNRT Funded: $300,000
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish



Table Mountain Water II

Wetland augmentation and water management on a large wetland system in eastern Goshen County through water delivery systems, and water management infrastructure

Total Project Cost: $521,230
WWNRT Funded: $264,000
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish



Converse Invasives I

Rangeland enhancement through the use of prescribed fire, chemical, mechanical and other treatment of sagebrush and other native plants in northern Converse County, WY

Total Project Cost: $386,290
WWNRT Funded: $120,000
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish



Wapiti Ridge Conservation Easement (Platte)

Permanent conservation easement on approximately 2,080 acres of private land in Platte County, WY

Total Project Cost: $1,252,500
WWNRT Funded: $300,000
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish



Laramie Range 2013

Watershed enhancement through fire, chemical, mechanical and other treatment of invasive native conifers, sagebrush and other native plants in southern Converse County, WY

Total Project Cost: $332,350
WWNRT Funded: $200,550
Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish