Wyoming is a leading exporter of energy resources in the United States. Coal, natural gas, oil, and uranium are all found in Wyoming; some in very large amounts. For example, Wyoming is the leading exporter of coal. In 2008, the state exported over 500,000,000 ton.
Wyoming is also home to over 800 species of fish, wildlife and plants. Some of the more well-known species include bald eagles, pronghorn antelope and four species of cutthroat trout. Some of the lesser known species include the only ferret native to North America, the black-footed ferret, or a rare fish - the Kendall Warm Springs dace - that only inhabits a tiny pool complex in far western Wyoming.
Balancing the extraction of Wyoming's energy resources with conserving wildlife and their habitat, fall, in part, on the Energy Program of the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service's Ecological Services Office. This website seeks to provide valuable information and a structured framework for how to best conserve Wyoming's wildlife, while continuing to develop Wyoming's energy resources.
Our office is best able to provide effective guidance when we are provided with the full build-out plans of an energy project as well as detailed information concerning biological information available for the project site. This information should include biological survey data, survey protocols, and resource information for areas in close proximity to the proposed project site.
Partnerships are critical to conserving wildlife, while allowing energy development to occur. In addition to coordination with our office, we recommend that early in the planning process prospective developers contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and, if Federal lands, Federal funding or Federal authorization are involved, then the Federal agency that has jurisdiction (e.g., Bureau of Land Management, Western Area Power Administration) should also be contacted.