CHEYENNE - The State of Wyoming, through the Governor’s Office, Sage-Grouse Implementation Team, and the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust (WWNRT), are calling for proposals from the public to evaluate the effectiveness of existing Greater Sage-Grouse conservation measures in Wyoming,and to address potential data gaps.
This is a time-sensitive request for information that will be used to document Wyoming efforts to preclude the needto list the species under the Endangered Species Act. Funding for this effort was made available by the Wyoming Legislature in 2014.
Interested applicants should demonstrate clearly the methods, timeline, and outcomes of each proposal. The following areas of study are identified as priorities for research and analysis:
Regulatory Certainty and Practices (including, but not limited to):
• Inventory and analysis of existing conservation efforts and restrictions in order to evaluate the regulatory certainty and effectiveness of efforts, including the effectiveness of existing disturbance thresholds, conservation practices (e.g.directional or horizontal drilling, seasonal stipulations), industry implemented best management practices, and reclamation/restoration efforts.
• Analysis of noise impacts on Greater Sage-Grouse.
• Analysis of reclamation standards, practices, and methods to enhance and expedite recovery of lands that have been disturbed.
Core Area/Greater Sage Grouse Habitat Health Assessment (including, but not limited to):
• Greater Sage-Grouse habitat quality assessment within core areas, including analysis of impacts and improvements as a result of the Governor’s Executive Order 2011-5.
• Identification, collection and analysis of metrics used to evaluate core area health and impacts on Greater Sage-Grouse.
• Analysis of potential winter concentration and impacts on birds using those areas. Predators (including, but notlimited to):
• Impacts to Greater Sage-Grouse from predators.
• Greater Sage-Grouse response to predator control.
Other topics (including, but not limited to):
• Socio-economic analysis of the impacts of conservation practices, and of the potential costs of a listing of the species.
• Collection and/or analysis of data to fill information gaps.
All proposals should include a thorough and current review of all pertinent literature related to the inquiry, a complete budget and projected timeline. Project proposals should be completed no later than 1 May 2015. Proposals can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, but the preferred delivery method is through the mail. Questions should be directed to Bob Budd, WWNRT, 307-777-8024.
Proposals should be submitted to the WWNRT, Hathaway Building, Suite 161 C, 2300 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002 no later than 30 May 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 June 2014.
The outline for the request can be found at: wgfd.wyo.gov
(Contact: Mary Flanderka (307) 777-4587)