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Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association Conservation Strategy: In 2017, the Service finalized the conservation strategy spearheaded by the Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association, a grassroots organization representing local ranchers and energy producers. The conservation agreement (CCAA/CCA/CA) is for eight species of conservation concern, including the sagebrush sparrow, Brewer’s sparrow, sage thrasher, black-tailed prairie dog, mountain plover, burrowing owl, ferruginous hawk, and greater sage-grouse. The agreement covers 13.2 million acres across the sagebrush and shortgrass prairie ecosystems across five counties and will support continued economic growth through proactive habitat conservation across public and private lands. The Conservation Advisory Committee and the Association are reviewing site specific conservation actions for participating members with implementation beginning in late 2017.
On Monday, July 10, 2017, the Thunder Basin Grassland Prairie Ecosystem Board of Directors celebrated-- with participation of Governor Matt Meade and his staff as well as several private, industry, state and federal partners in Cheyenne-- the completion of the TBGPEA Conservation Strategy (CCAA/CCA and CA) covering 8 species of conservation concern (including Greater sage-grouse) in northeast Wyoming and including 13.5 million acres of habitat. This was 18 years in the making and is a huge conservation success story of proactive, strategic, conservation initiated by local partners in a collaborative context.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Field Supervisor, Wyoming Ecological Services Field Office, 5353 Yellowstone Rd, Cheyenne WY 82009, telephone: 307–772–2374. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf, please call the Federal Information Relay Service at 800–877–8339.
Thunder Basin Conservation Strategy
Final Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances
Appendix A – Candidate Conservation Agreement
Appendix B – Conservation Agreement
Appendix C – Sagebrush Steppe Conservation Measures
Appendix D – Shortgrass Prairie Conservation Measures
Appendix E – Implementation Plan
Appendix F – Certificate of Inclusion/Certificate of Participation and Example
Appendix G – Current Association Membership
Appendix H – Interagency Memorandum of Understanding
Appendix I – Definitions and Acronyms
Final Environmental Assessment