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Water development on Wick WHMA

July 16, 2018
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The Laramie Region H&A teamed up with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Iron Bar Holdings, LLC and worked together to accomplish a spring development and habitat protection project on a state land section which borders the Wick/Beumee WHMA.

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Historically, the two springs have been a reliable source of clean, high-quality groundwater that flows at a relatively constant rate and are an attraction to wildlife and livestock. To protect this site’s vegetation from trampling, over grazing, increased erosion and siltation, an intake box was constructred at the spring emergence point. It transports water through a small pipeline to three storage tank. The storage tanks hold water, which is then available for wildlife and livestock. The overflow travels to another collection pool that is also available to wildlife. 

Installation of a buck and rail fence in high snow-load areas, and a 4-strand wildlife friendly fence, help promote better pasture management and protect the critical buffer zone along the riparian area of the springs. The improvements should ensure good water quality, maintain range health and vigor, and benefit fish and wildlife.

The project was funded by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Iron Bar Holdings, LLC, and Water For Wildlife.

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