Teton, Sublette, and Fremont Counties
Absaroka Riparian II
June 2012. Riparian enhancement including fencing, water development, livestock management, and invasive species removal on the Absaroka Front near Meeteetse. Continues efforts begun in 2010.
Total Project Cost: $742,194WWNRT Funded: $73,541Sponsor: The Nature Conservancy
V Ranch Conservation Easement
June 2012. Conservation easement on 3,000 acres of native rangeland within Sage-grouse Core Population Area near Kirby will continue to enhance large watershed effort to reduce erosion, increase forage production and stabilize streams. This ranch is central to the Kirby Creek CRM effort, which was named the BLM National Stewardship Award winner in 2012.
Total Project Cost: $841,054WWNRT Funded: $175,000Sponsor: Wyoming Stock Growers Ag Land Trust
Mishurda Mountain Conservation Easement
June 2012. Conservation easement on approximately 8,000 acres adjacent to V Ranch, and integral to the Kirby Creek CRM efforts. This easement, at a value more than one million dollars, was donated by the landowners.
Total Project Cost: $1,094,430WWNRT Funded: $35,306.70Sponsor: Wyoming Stock Growers Ag Land Trust
Francs Fork Infiltration
June 2012. Innovative infiltration system will allow removal of irrigation water while streamflow will provide for fish migration to spawning areas in the Greybull River watershed. This is part of an effort that will create access to more than 500 miles of spawning and other fish habitat in the area.
Total Project Cost: $236,378WWNRT Funded: $94,500Sponsor: Wyoming Trout Unlimited
Timber Creek II
June 2012. Continuation of project to remove barriers to fish migration on Timber Creek in the Greybull River system. This project has shown response from cutthroat trout to be nearly immediate as barriers are removed. The project also improves irrigation efficiency for landowners.
Total Project Cost: $246,578WWNRT Funded: $90,000Sponsor: Wyoming Trout Unlimited
Upper Sunshine II
June 2012. Restoration and retrofit of a large irrigation structure on the Greybull River will include fish bypass channel and ladders to allow passage at periods of low flow. This project is a wide-ranging partnership between various levels of government, the local irrigation district, irrigators, and Trout Unlimited.
Total Project Cost: $240,483WWNRT Funded: $35,000Sponsor: Wyoming Trout Unlimited
Big Horn River Invasives
June 2012. Continuation of basin-wide effort to remove and eliminate invasive Russian olive and saltcedar from hundreds of miles of riparian areas and grasslands in the Big Horn Basin. Removal on the main stem of the Big Horn River will begin in Hot Springs County, and extend northward over time.
Total Project Cost: $600,000WWNRT Funded: $165,000Sponsor: Hot Springs County Weed and Pest District
Big Horn Basin Sagebrush
June 2012. Conservation effort to increase recruitment of sagebrush in historic stands within Sage-grouse Core Population Areas in the northern Big Horn Basin.
Total Project Cost: $45,923WWNRT Funded: $22,822Sponsor: Michigan Technological University
Bentonite Sagebrush II
June 2012. Continuation of research/demonstration project to evaluate methods to increase survival of sagebrush plants through soil testing and manipulation and varying methods of planting seed and seedlings. Early indications for success have been very positive and may have long-reaching implications.
Total Project Cost: $11,366WWNRT Funded: $5,614Sponsor: Michigan Technological University