|Wyomings geography is as diverse as its wildlife. Over 600 wildlife species inhabit forest-covered mountain ranges, short grass prairies, sagebrush steppe, wetlands, rivers, and lakes.
Comprised of 23 counties, Wyoming encompasses approximately 62 million acres of which 48% is federally owned, 42% privately owned, 6% state owned, and 4% is Indian trust land. The highest proportion of public land is located in the rugged western mountains with private land holdings occupying the western river valleys and level terrain.
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) program is a broad-based partnership of Wyoming landowners, local communities, conservation districts, sportsman groups, non-governmental organizations, federal and state agencies, and others, whose mission is to address landowner and landscape conservation needs.
- Wetland restoration, creation, and enhancement
- Grassland restoration and grazing management
- Riparian restoration and management
- River and stream restoration
- Threatened and endangered species habitat restoration
- Outreach and education
Upland acres enhanced are primarily grazing systems developed with individual landowners to manage the grassland for wildlife and livestock production. Incentives such as water developments, fencing, cattle guards, etc., are our chief tools of negotiation for developing specific wildlife and livestock use plans.
Wetlands, restored or enhanced, provide habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds and other waterbirds, while at the same time are providing alternative watering sources for cattle producers.
One of our main focuses for instream restoration is the removal of fish entrainment structures and barriers. In most cases, restoration results in a narrowing and deepening of the existing river channel using instream structures to provide stream stability. Riparian fencing goes hand in hand with stream restoration, as well as grazing systems.
The following criteria are used to select projects in the five priority Focus Areas:
- Trust species abundance and diversity
- Private / public ownership patterns
- Habitat factors
- Partnership opportunities
- Tribal trust responsibilities
Wyoming toads benefit from playa lake restoration project