Wyoming Game & Fish: $9.9 million invested in habitat projects across the state in 2019 - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Wyoming Game & Fish: $9.9 million invested in habitat projects across the state in 2019

(Wyoming Game & Fish Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game & Fish Department said on Monday, Aug. 3 that between the department and their partners, $9.9 million was invested in “aquatic and terrestrial habitat projects in 2019.”

“The projects are crucial for conserving more than 800 species in Wyoming for future generations,” Game & Fish add.

Game & Fish allocated $3.3 million in funding for the projects which they add was about double the amount invested in 2018. They department said they were able to leverage their funding to secure “more than $6.5 million from the Wyoming Wildlife Natural Resources Trust fund, federal government funds, state funds, private landowners and local conservation partners.”

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“External partners contributed $1.94 for every Game and Fish dollar,” Wyoming Game and Fish Director Brian Nesvik said.. “This work would not be possible without the wide-ranging support of the people of this state to ensure we leave Wyoming a better place. Wyoming invests in habitat because it’s clear that the people who live and work here treasure wildlife, and that starts on the ground.  I want to thank all project partners who invested in Wyoming’s wildlife habitats in 2019.”

Game & Fish have published their 2019 Strategic Habitat Plan Annual Report which “details diverse accomplishments throughout the state.”

“Over the last year, Game and Fish, alongside partners, helped direct restoration, monitoring and enhancement activities aimed at improving 58 stream miles and more than 390,133 acres of terrestrial habitats including planting 12,572 native trees and shrubs,” the department says. “Herbicide treatments to help control and prevent the spread of invasive weeds topped 47,418 acres. More details on projects and the species they impact can be found in the report.

The Wyoming Game & Fish Commission revise the Strategic Habitat Plan every five years. Game & Fish Statewide Terrestrial Habitat Manager Ian Tator says the report helps the state focus on how to protect wildlife.

“The investment in the public resource is paying off,” Tator said in the Game & Fish release. “With our partners, we are able to maintain habitat as well as improve habitats that have been degraded. This year, we want to send a special thanks to our highlighted partner, Ducks Unlimited, who have a long history of working on wetland habitat restoration across the state, which benefits all species of wildlife.”

The 2019 report as well as reports from previous years can be accessed from the Game and Fish website.