Sage-grouse and their habitat can be affected by human activities. The State of Wyoming has been committed to developing and implementing a sage-grouse plan that reduces impacts and restores functional habitat. Governor Mead issued a Sage-Grouse Executive Order, 2011-5 (SGEO) which outlines the thresholds for energy development within sage-grouse core areas. To continue management with the best available science he state will consolidate data regarding the change in permitting, planning, and implementation of development activities and related impacts from energy development as well as any increase in quantity or quality of suitable sage-grouse habitat within the state. The data will be used to develop a record of what conservation and development activities have changed between 2010 and 2015 regarding the quality of sage-grouse habitat and regulatory mechanisms protecting them and to evaluate the effectiveness of existing Sage-grouse conservation measures in Wyoming. Examples of the type of data needed for collection are the locations of: core habitat areas, leks (sage-grouse mating grounds), and known disturbed areas requiring restoration. The data will be incorporated to the Wyoming Energy Atlas (reference Initiative 2A - Energy Atlas Decision Support Tool)
A more complete understanding of how development and conservation activities have been changed to protect sage-grouse. More effective energy development planning and mitigation practices that maintain or increase sage-grouse populations and habitats. Data consolidation into a digital map format used for development planning purposes.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Governor’s Policy Office
Bureau of Land Management, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Wyoming Sage-Grouse Implementation Team, other state agencies, Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the University of Wyoming.