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Game and Fish sets aside $500K to fund sage grouse conservation projects

Monitoring a sage grouse lek in Wyoming. (Stacey Whitman Moore/BLM/FlickrCC)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Over half a million dollars is earmarked to support Sage Grouse Working Groups with projects benefiting sage grouse and their habitats, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. 

This year, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission expects to allocate $548,000 to support eight local Sage Grouse Working Groups working to address the primary threats to sage grouse as identified in their local conservation plans, according to a Feb. 5 release. 

Project proposals can be submitted online and will be evaluated based on consistency with Wyoming’s Core Area management strategy, local sage grouse conservation plan, likelihood of success and project readiness, among several other criteria, per Game and Fish. 

In the past, approved projects ranged from habitat restoration using beaver dam analogs and zeekyk structures to lek searches using infrared flights, Game and Fish says. 

The full application details can be downloaded, with funding expected to be made available to approved projects starting Feb. 1 and continuing until Jan. 31 or until it is exhausted, per Game and Fish.