Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Northeastern Wyoming Awarded Over $1.4 Million for Collaborative, Cross-Boundary Projects

Alva, Crook County, Wyoming. Photo: Landwatch

The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced their 2017 investment of $225 million for conservation projects across the nation. Of those, two are in northeastern Wyoming.
The Northeast Wyoming Forest Resiliency Project was awarded $1,285,540 to improve forest and rangeland health and resiliency, decrease wildfire risk and enhance wildlife habitat. The mountain pine beetle epidemic and drought conditions have negatively impacted the landscape and this project will address issues on 2,200 acres of private lands across Campbell, Crook and Weston Counties. The project will be further extended on adjacent lands managed by federal agencies as they are currently working to implement similar forest management on their lands. 
In addition, the Northeastern Wyoming Sage-Grouse Habitat Enhancement project will receive $200,000 to help expand conservation efforts with a focus on restoring sage-grouse habitat while maintaining viable agricultural operations. Projects include sagebrush and rangeland restoration, grazing management, invasive species treatment, streambank restoration and restoration of wildland fire and other disturbances to minimize erosion.
Both projects will build on existing collaborative efforts among landowners, state and federal agencies, academia and other conservation organizations working in northeast Wyoming. 
These types of public-private partnerships are strongly supported by the Cohesive Strategy because the increased benefits achieved by working collaboratively across boundaries.  Congratulations! 

Read more here and here.  

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