District 9

Teton, Sublette, and Fremont Counties

Maki Creek and Cottonwood Aspen

December 2007. Removal of encroaching conifers to help re-establish aspen, grassland, and sagebrush habitats, and improve livestock forage. Aspen habitats are vital to seasonal and migrational needs of elk, deer, and moose, and provide summer habitat for a wide array of bird species. Project began in 2006 on Maki Creek and will continue to expand.

Total Project Cost: $1,151,000WWNRT Funded: $210,000Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish Commission

Rimfire Ranch Wetland

December 2007. Development of several shallow-water ponds, with deeper water and islands to provide nesting habitat for Trumpeter swans. Efforts to increase populations and expand breeding ranges for Trumpeter swans have shown high response from the species, and the Green River Valley is a prime nesting and brood-rearing area.

Total Project Cost: $322,045WWNRT Funded: $107,315Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish Commission

Cross Lazy Two Easement

December 2007. Conservation easement on historic South Piney Creek family ranch will provide habitat for moose, mule deer, elk Sage-grouse, Long-billed curlew and a host of other species of concern, while at the same time, helping to assure the land remains in agricultural production.

Total Project Cost: $4,525,950WWNRT Funded: $400,000Sponsor: Green River Valley Land Trust

MJ Ranch

June 2007. Conservation easement on approximately 2,000 acres of sagebrush habitat used by Sage grouse, Mule deer, pronghorn, and elk, and stream habitat used for spawning by Brown Trout. The project relies on considerable funding from the Jonah Interagency Office, and is located south of Pinedale.

Total Project Cost: $1,500,000WWNRT Funded: $143,171Sponsor: Conservation Fund

Lower Gros Ventre

June 2007. Prescribed fire and mechanical treatment of encroaching conifers in Gros Ventre watershed. Project will enhance habitat for Bighorn sheep, elk, Mule deer, and moose.

Total Project Cost: $101,556WWNRT Funded: $50,000Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish Commission

Duck Creek Wetland

June 2007. Creation of large, shallow-water wetland to provide breeding and brood-rearing habitat for Trumpeter swans near Cora.

Total Project Cost: $184,307WWNRT Funded: $79,000Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish Commission

Spring Creek

June 2007. Channel improvements and habitat restoration on Spring Creek in Teton County. This project will enhance spawning and juvenile fisheries for Snake River Cutthroat trout, and other aquatic species.

Total Project Cost: $75,900WWNRT Funded: $30,400Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish Commission

Mule Deer Migration

June 2007. Completion of collaring and radio tracking of mule deer movements in Sublette County, especially relative to impacts of development.

Total Project Cost: $218,000WWNRT Funded: $35,000Sponsor: U.S. Geological Survey, Wyoming Fish and Wildlife Coop Unit

Wildlife-Vehicle Mitigation

June 2007. Flashing mobile signs used to warn motorists of large animal migrations and presence on high-traffic highways in Jackson Hole. Recent statistics suggest such signs can reduce collisions and deaths by as much as 60% in these areas.

Total Project Cost: $31,000WWNRT Funded: $15,500Sponsor: Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation

Cedar Butte Prescribed Fire

December 2006. Prescribed fire to enhance crucial winter range for mule deer and elk on the North Fork of the Popo Agie River.

Total Project Cost: $27,750WWNRT Funded: $5,000Sponsor: Bureau of Indian Affairs

Hansen Easement

December 2006. Conservation easement on more than 2,500 acres of crucial mule deer and elk winter ranges, and Sage grouse summer range near Lander.

Total Project Cost: $1,600,000WWNRT Funded: $100,000Sponsor: Wyoming Game and Fish Department