Jackson Wyoming Sage Grouse Working Group to Meet

Sage Grouse

The Upper Snake River Basin (USRB) Local Sage-Grouse Working Group will hold their next meeting from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at the Jackson Game and Fish Department office.

Agenda items for the meeting will include:

1. Report from the Teton County Weed and Pest (TCW&P) District on sage-grouse habitat work in the Gros Ventre drainage to control weeds with partial funding from the working group. Funding support for 2017 to the TCW&P District for additional work will be discussed following the presentation.

2. Report on progress by Jackson Hole Airport/National Park Service to implement the Wildlife Hazard Plan affecting sage-grouse at the Jackson Hole Airport.

3. Report on winter locations of GPS collared sage-grouse trapped at the Spread Creek lek.

4. Winter sage-grouse census in Jackson Hole and Gros Ventre drainage.

5. Potential funding for sage-grouse work from Teton County Conservation District.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and a public participation period will be scheduled. For additional meeting details you may contact Joe Bohne at 307-654-7865.

The group is one of eight local working groups that were formed across the state. The group comprises local citizens representing groups interested in sage-grouse conservation. The role of the group is to develop and set in motion local conservation plans to benefit sage-grouse and, whenever feasible, other species that use sagebrush habitats. More information on sage-grouse, the local working groups, and their management plans can be found on the Wyoming Game & Fish website at https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Habitat/Sage-Grouse-Management.

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Don McDowell, Arizona native, is an avid outdoorsman and has been an active bass pro fisherman for over 16 years and in the past 15 years has developed his own radio show promoting bass fishing and conservation efforts for bass fishing that escalated to nominations with several bass groups and organizations. In the past 12 years, Don has pursued his conservation agenda through AZBFN-TBF as Conservation Director and with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in the spring of 2014 redesigned his website to include those efforts highlighted below and has increased the AZGFD exposure, public education of the AZGFD and Commission issues on his radio show and website soliciting local and national support for Arizona. 2014 has seen the founding of SRT Outdoors, Inc., 501 C3 organization, “Not for Profit, for Conservation” which is concentrating on grants for mitigating the effects of Gizzard Shad on Roosevelt lake thorough habitat enhancement, Florida Strain Bass stocking, lakes bottom mapping, etc. and feral hog research.

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