Fundraising for Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp underway

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has launched a campaign to raise money to renovate and preserve the Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp outside Dubois, Wyoming.

7/14/2016 2:34:37 PM

Cheyenne - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has launched a campaign to raise money to renovate and preserve the Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp outside Dubois, Wyoming. The facility has been home to conservation education camps for youth, families and others for decades and is need of repair to ensure it can be used for decades to come.

“The Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp has served as the center of conservation education for Game and Fish for many years. The camp is in desperate need of some substantial upgrades in order to use it for future conservation education,” said Scott Talbott, director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

The Game and Fish Commission voted in January to fund $2 million of the estimated $4.5 million renovation costs. The Commission directed the Game and Fish to fundraise the remaining $2.5 million. The fundraising team, led by Game and Fish Commissioner Richard Klouda, is working with the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Association in Dubois to work toward raising needed support.

“The goal of the upgrades is to maintain a location to serve anyone interested in conservation education,” said Jason Hunter, Game and Fish wildlife supervisor for the Lander Region.

The Department team responsible for  planning the renovations, was guided by public input and a formal recommendation process. The planned renovations include  replacing waterlines, upgrading electrical service and constructing group and cabin areas that are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp is located within Whiskey Basin Wildlife Habitat Management Area, which is crucial winter range for bighorn sheep, elk and mule deer. In order to minimize disturbance and maintain habitat function, all major construction activities will occur during the summer outside of winter closure dates of Dec. 1 - May 15 .

“If everyone who sees the value in conservation education and investing in the future of wildlife contributes just $1, we will exceed our goal in no time,” said Information and Education Specialist Rene Schell with Game and Fish.

The public can learn more on the Game and Fish website or by contacting Rene Schell, Brian Parker or Jason Hunter in Lander at 307-332-2688.  Interested individuals can also support the camp through contributing to a Kickstarter campaign, now underway for the first milestone of the donation process.



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