The majority of conflicts between Sage-grouse and energy development have been identified and mapped, with the vast majority of Sage-grouse found on approximately 24% of the land surface in the state. By carefully managing these areas for conservation, the species can be protected. As a result, focusing development outside these "core areas," economic opportunity and conservation objectives can both be maintained. In order to continue to enhance and conserve core population areas for Sage-grouse, incentives to focus development activities outside those core areas will be identified, evaluated and implemented. Such incentives may include a variety of actions that do not conflict with other species, including accelerated reclamation, waivers for activities not in conflict with other resource values, and potential concentration of activities in areas where impacts are minimal. The Sage-grouse Implementation Team (SGIT) will work with industry and agencies to identify unnecessary impediments to development outside core areas, and will work to create and maintain regulatory and economic incentives that allow reasonable development of energy and other minerals, including but not limited to: tax incentives, seasonal stipulation waivers, spacing waivers, reclamation and restoration incentives, and others.
Maintaining development opportunity outside conservation areas will stabilize and strengthen economic activity while enhancing conservation efforts in areas that have the most potential for species at risk.
Sage-grouse Implementation Team
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Department of Environmental Quality, Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, State Engineers Office, Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments, Department of Agriculture, other Energy and Natural Resources Subcabinet Agencies, Governor’s Policy Office other local, state and federal government partners as needed, and private groups and individuals.