Sublette County Conservation District
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Special Projects

Currently Administering the Following Partner Projects

Fontenelle Fire (Piney Creeks Project)-This is a multi-practice, multi-year project, including relocation of grazing for the grazing rest period, and weed control efforts. Grazing rest period is over and fence infrastructure has been restored. Fear of undetected backcountry weed infestations urged the use of a backcountry horseback surveillance and control effort thus weed control efforts are still underway.

Red Desert to Hoback Migration Fencing Project- There are over 100 fences that deer have to navigate in the corridor between the Red Desert and the Hoback area, many of which are not wildlife friendly. The objective of this project is to maintain permeability. This can be achieved through conservation easements, improving road crossings, habitat improvement in stopover areas, and fence modification.

US Fish & Wildlife Service/Big Sandy Fish Barrier- This fish barrier is a means to conserve native species by providing an area in the Big Sandy River where other predatory fish cannot access. The multi-year planned fish passage project includes several steps, the first of which is building a fish barrier on the Big Sandy River to help protect the genetically pure populations.

Wyoming Game & Fish Department/Condos Wetland –This is a wetland project where a culvert has failed. The project will purchase a new culvert and water control structure.

US Fish & Wildlife Service/Lazy River Ranch Swan Pond– This is a wetland project to benefit swans. Dikes will be placed to inundate some currently irrigated land on the New Fork River floodplain in order to make the water deeper and hold it longer through the summer months.

Wyoming Game & Fish Department/Windmill Solar Conversions– Research suggests territorial breeding pairs of ravens predate sage-grouse nests and chicks. The removal of man-made features from the landscape that can serve as nesting sites for specific territorial breeding pairs of ravens and control ravens when/where necessary by means such as removal of nests and constructing deterrents. These windmills were converted to solar pumping plants.

Wyoming Game & Fish Departement/Wyoming Range Mule Deer– The projects purpose is to provide the cost of a rider to the South LaBarge Grazing Association (SLGA), located in the area of the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Habitat project. The habitat project proposes a number of vegetation treatments. An important factor influencing success of the treatments includes rest from grazing. Treatments are generally small but scattered across the grazing area.

Cliff Creek Project- The District partnered with Wyoming Game and Fish, Sublette County Weed & Pest, Hoback Grazing Association and the United States Forest Service to implement post-Cliff Creek fire conservation measures. This project was funded for 2 years and includes constructing 1.5 miles of wildlife-friendly high-tensile electric wire fence along Cliff Creek to reduce livestock grazing in the area, hiring a rider to assist with the occasional movement of livestock out of the burn area as well as locating and identifying noxious and invasive weeds inside the burn perimeter.


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