conservation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Otters Flee Energy Production, Study Finds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/otters-flee-energy-production-study-finds <p>Researchers at the University of Wyoming have found that energy development is scaring off river otters in the Upper Green River Basin.</p><p>Scientists counted the number of otters in several waterways throughout the Upper Green River Basin in western Wyoming. The rivers farther away from energy development had dozens of otters, but the New Fork River had only two.</p><p>Report co-author Merav Ben-David says research shows that otters don’t like the noise and commotion associated with development, and she says another concern could be water contamination.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:20:47 +0000 Willow Belden 58912 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Otters Flee Energy Production, Study Finds Bird Refuge Plans Get Support From BP http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/bird-refuge-plans-get-support-bp <p>Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge outside of Casper could see improvements to its Steamboat Lake facilities. BP is funding an initial planning phase that could expand the refuge for both wildlife and the public.</p><p>Director of Science at Audubon Rockies, Alison Holloran, says Steamboat could see more reeds and water flora&nbsp;planted in its shallows to create more habitat for birds. Signs and a viewing platform could be installed as well to allow residents close views of Wyoming's nesting and migratory bird populations.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:10:43 +0000 Jordan Giese 57290 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bird Refuge Plans Get Support From BP New Director For Jackson Conservation Group http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-director-jackson-conservation-group <p></p><p>A Wyoming conservation group is celebrating its 35<sup>th</sup> anniversary this year with a new director.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:17:11 +0000 Erin Jones 56996 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Director For Jackson Conservation Group Stakeholders Ask Congress To Address Forest Service Trails Maintenance http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/stakeholders-ask-congress-address-forest-service-trails-maintenance <p>A host of recreation and conservation organizations from around the nation, including some local Wyoming groups, have asked Congress to address inadequate trail maintenance in the National Forest system. According to a <a href="http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-618">2013 study</a> requested by Representative Cynthia Lummis the Forest Service’s trail maintenance backlog was $314 million in 2012. The study said poorly maintained trails inhibit trail use, could harm natural resources, and maintenance costs will only grow the longer the backlog remains unaddressed. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:11:07 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55914 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Stakeholders Ask Congress To Address Forest Service Trails Maintenance Salmon Research In The Northwest Could Help Wyoming Fish http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/salmon-research-northwest-could-help-wyoming-fish <p>A study by several University of Wyoming researchers on salmon spawning in the Pacific Northwest could help pacific fish populations as well as Wyoming trout numbers. Clifford Riebe is an assistant professor in UW's Geology Department and helped author the study.</p><p>The report says certain kinds of riverbeds help salmon spawning and since trout and salmon are closely related Riebe says managers in both areas could use the data to grow fish populations.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:15:38 +0000 Jordan Giese 55432 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Salmon Research In The Northwest Could Help Wyoming Fish Green River Trumpeter Swan Populations Soar http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/green-river-trumpeter-swan-populations-soar <p>Trumpeter swan numbers rose dramatically this year on the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge near&nbsp;Rock Springs.&nbsp; This winter, the Wyoming Game and Fish&nbsp;Department&nbsp;conducted an aerial survey of the refuge and counted over 300 trumpeter swans wintering there.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:49:30 +0000 Melodie Edwards 55193 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Green River Trumpeter Swan Populations Soar Shoshone National Forest Management Plan Questioned http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/shoshone-national-forest-management-plan-questioned <p>A new plan governing management and uses of the Shoshone National Forest is set to be finalized soon. But some groups, like the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, take issue with parts of the plan.</p><p>Of concern is an increase in motorized use in the Frank's Peak and Wood River roadless areas. Independent Contractor Charles Wolf Drimal says during the Forest's planning process, those areas were identified as having the highest wilderness potential.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:26:02 +0000 Bryce Cornatzer 55086 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Shoshone National Forest Management Plan Questioned BLM Plan Would Add Sage Grouse Protections http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-plan-would-add-sage-grouse-protections <p>Sage grouse in Wyoming could get new protections, if a Bureau of Land Management plan is adopted.</p><p>The agency is proposing to cap the amount of disturbance that can happen on public land where the bird lives, and to impose other rules designed to protect sage grouse habitat.</p><p>The BLM’s Lisa Solberg Schwab says part of their plan involves adopting the core area strategy that Wyoming has already established.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:55:10 +0000 Willow Belden 53453 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM Plan Would Add Sage Grouse Protections No evidence that sage grouse dislike tall things, report finds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/no-evidence-sage-grouse-dislike-tall-things-report-finds <p>A new report questions the assumption that sage grouse dislike tall things.</p><p>It’s often assumed that the birds avoid tall structures, such as electrical poles or wind turbines, because they fear that predators could perch on top. But report co-author Karl Kosciuch says that’s not necessarily true. His team reviewed the existing scientific literature about how the birds respond to development, and they found no evidence one way or the other.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:11:05 +0000 Willow Belden 51510 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org No evidence that sage grouse dislike tall things, report finds New Wyoming Travel App Raises Cash for Conservation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-wyoming-travel-app-raises-cash-conservation <p>More than half the U.S. population uses smartphones and apps. And as the appetite for mobile information continues to grow, some Wyoming entrepreneurs are poised to cash in, for the sake of conservation. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington has more.</p><p>REBECCA HUNTINGTON: When Story Clark gets into her Prius, she doesn't just start her engine. She also revs up a new mobile app that she's developed with her business partner Madi Quissek.</p><p>STORY CLARK: So I'm hooking it up. It's TravelStorysGPS. The app is hands-free. And we're going to get going right now.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:25:48 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 50933 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Wyoming Travel App Raises Cash for Conservation Eagle-take permitting gets underway for Wyoming wind farm http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/eagle-take-permitting-gets-underway-wyoming-wind-farm <p>The federal government is getting ready to issue its first eagle-take permit for a wind power project in Wyoming.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 01:12:11 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50821 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Eagle-take permitting gets underway for Wyoming wind farm Duke Energy makes strides to curb bird deaths after being fined http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/duke-energy-makes-strides-curb-bird-deaths-after-being-fined <p>A wind energy company that was fined a million dollars Friday for the deaths of 14 golden eagles at its Wyoming facilities says it’s making strides to mitigate future bird deaths.</p><p>Duke Energy spokeswoman Tammie McGee says Duke has removed rock piles that can attract prey and employs field biologists who send out alerts if turbines need to be shut down. She says they’re also working to install a radar system.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 01:42:02 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 50411 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Duke Energy makes strides to curb bird deaths after being fined Wyoming's NRCS office probed for mismanagement http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-nrcs-office-probed-mismanagement <p>The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Wyoming office has mismanaged at least $14 million in easement payments, and employs supervisors who lack the knowledge to properly administer easement programs in the state. That’s according to <a href="http://www.usda.gov/oig/webdocs/10099-0001-31.pdf">a report from the Office of Inspector General</a>. Easements are used to permanently retire a piece of land for conservation purposes.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:03:26 +0000 Irina Zhorov 49120 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming's NRCS office probed for mismanagement New conservation tools help WY ranchers stay sustainable http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-conservation-tools-help-wy-ranchers-stay-sustainable <p>Ranchers have always planned for the next season and the next generation…and as such have been natural conservationists. But new management tools in the conservation toolbox are making it easier for land owners to be successful stewards of their land. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that ranchers are up for the challenge.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:52:20 +0000 Irina Zhorov 48947 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New conservation tools help WY ranchers stay sustainable State sanctions drilling in sage grouse habitat http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-sanctions-drilling-sage-grouse-habitat <p>After what the state characterized as a knock-down, drag-out fight with Chesapeake Oil, it’s planning to allow drilling in a sage grouse conservation area.</p><p>The protected areas were established by executive order in 2011 in order to conserve critical sage grouse habitat, with the goal of keeping the bird off the endangered species list. The <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/798264-chesapeake-oil-douglas-sage-grouse-plan.html#pages">new plan</a> modifies the protections in an area near Douglas where Chesapeake has oil and gas leases.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:34:07 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 47196 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State sanctions drilling in sage grouse habitat Conservation groups use videos to encourage improving water quality http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/conservation-groups-use-videos-encourage-improving-water-quality <p>Three conservation organizations have released a series of web videos, encouraging Wyomingites to improve water quality.</p><p>The videos highlight best management practices some landowners are using to handle E. coli, selenium and sediment, among other issues.</p><p>Kathy Rosenthal is the watershed coordinator for the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, one of the partner groups producing the videos. Rosenthal acknowledged a lack of awareness as one of the major obstacles for Wyoming’s water quality going forward.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:03:27 +0000 Jordan Harper 45339 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Conservation groups use videos to encourage improving water quality New report names two WY places as too special to drill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-report-names-two-wy-places-too-special-drill <p>A new report released today by the Wilderness Society says Wyoming’s Red Desert and the Wyoming Range are too special to drill for oil and gas. The report – titled Too Wild to Drill – lists a dozen locations across the U.S.&nbsp;</p><p>The Wyoming Range was initially opened for leasing in 2005, but the Forest Service canceled those leases in 2011. Appeals by operators have left the leases in limbo since then, but the U-S Forest Service is expected to decide later this year whether they will allow energy development.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:43:21 +0000 Irina Zhorov 44221 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New report names two WY places as too special to drill Study finds broad support for conservation of public lands http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-finds-broad-support-conservation-public-lands <div><p>A study commissioned by the Center for American Progress found that voters in western states think that there should be more balance between conservation and energy development.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:53:59 +0000 Willow Belden 42462 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study finds broad support for conservation of public lands Sportsmen petition to protect Wyoming Range from oil and gas production http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sportsmen-petition-protect-wyoming-range-oil-and-gas-production <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than two dozen outdoor advocacy groups wrote the US Forest Service this week, asking it to remove almost 45,000 acres-worth of land in the Wyoming Range from consideration for oil and gas leases.</span></p><p></p><p>The organizations, including Trout Unlimited and the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, said the land comprises vital habitat for mule deer, moose and cutthroat trout.</p><p></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 21:43:22 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 41555 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sportsmen petition to protect Wyoming Range from oil and gas production Regional conservation effort will benefit trumpter swans http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/regional-conservation-effort-will-benefit-trumpter-swans <p>Wildlife interest groups and agencies in Wyoming and Idaho are working to increase the populations of trumpeter swans in the region. Loss of habitat has limited numbers within the species. The Teton Regional Land Trust is working with the Wyoming Wetland Society, local offices of US Fish and Wildlife Services, and the Idaho Fish and Game departments to build a nesting colony in Teton valley.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 23:00:01 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 40215 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Regional conservation effort will benefit trumpter swans Report says states need to better monitor water usage by the oil and gas industry http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-says-states-need-better-monitor-water-usage-oil-and-gas-industry <p>A report by the Western Organization of Resource Councils says the oil and gas industry is using at least seven billion gallons of water per year in just four states: Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota. The report says after industry is done with that water, it turns into a hazardous material, and in some cases cannot be reused for other purposes.</p><p>Powder River Basin Resource Council member Robert LeResche says he’s also worried about states’ lack of regulations regarding the <em>quantity</em> of water used.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 22:38:47 +0000 Irina Zhorov 39846 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report says states need to better monitor water usage by the oil and gas industry New report seeks to help states protect sage grouse http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-report-seeks-help-states-protect-sage-grouse <p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a report that’s meant to help states figure out how to protect sage grouse and keep them off the endangered species list.&nbsp;</p><p>Bob Budd with the Wyoming Wildlife Natural Resource Trust helped put the report together. He says the document provides information about the key threats to sage grouse, but leaves it up to states to develop or revise their conservation plans.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:17:56 +0000 Willow Belden 38703 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New report seeks to help states protect sage grouse Conservation group retires forest land from energy development http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/conservation-group-retires-forest-land-energy-development <p>Tens of thousands of acres of land in the Bridger-Teton National Forest have been retired, protecting the land from energy development. But the conservation group leading the effort, Trust for Public Lands, still has some work to do to protect a tract of land in the Upper Hoback Basin.</p><p>The group raised $8.75 dollars last year to buy oil and gas leases on 58,000 acres of land from Plains Exploration and Production Company.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 23:27:14 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38537 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Conservation group retires forest land from energy development Poll Shows Most Wyomingites Are Conservationists http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/poll-shows-most-wyomingites-are-conservationists <p>A poll conducted by Colorado College reveals that 73% of Wyoming voters think of themselves as conservationists.&nbsp;Program coordinator Brendan Boepple says polled residents also&nbsp;believe that public lands support the state’s economy and that they should not be sold to alleviate deficits.</p> Sat, 09 Feb 2013 01:27:27 +0000 Sara Hossaini 36439 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Poll Shows Most Wyomingites Are Conservationists Poll shows sportsman want public lands preserved http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/poll-shows-sportsman-want-public-lands-preserved <div style="margin:0;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;">A new National Wildlife Federation Poll shows that protecting public lands and addressing climate change is big for those who hunt and fish.&nbsp; </span></font></div><div style="margin:0;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin:0;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;">Given a choice between protecting America’s public lands and prioritizing the production of oil, gas and coal,&nbsp;<font face="Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-weight:normal;">49 percent want to protect p Sat, 13 Oct 2012 00:23:18 +0000 Bob Beck 31370 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Poll shows sportsman want public lands preserved