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What We Do

What is the TBGPEA?

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We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

Our membership includes property owners (regular membership) and other interested individuals (associate membership) within a five county area in northeastern Wyoming.

We value the unique landscape of which we are privileged to be a part.

We have chosen to take proactive leadership in the conservation of the lands we own or manage.

The conservation strategies we investigate, implement, and promote are responsible, science-based, long-term, and landscape in their scale.

What does the TBGPEA do?

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  • We work in collaboration and cooperation with a variety of government and non-government entities, as well as with experts in academia and members of the private sector.
    • We partner with others to fund and implement a variety of conservation efforts within our landscape. Since 2003, we have invested over $ 2.6 million in voluntary, on-the-ground conservation measures.
    • We focus our conservation efforts on two ecotypes that dominate our landscape: the sagebrush steppe and the short-grass prairie. We seek to protect and enhance existing habitat for species of concern within these ecotypes.
  • We work to develop and implement a strategy of adaptive management – one that is informed by and responsive to current conditions and the results of previously implemented conservation efforts.
  • We conduct extensive vegetation monitoring and targeted wildlife monitoring to support and enable adaptive management.
  • We are currently working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to implement an incentives based conservation strategy to protect eight species of concern that inhabit the sagebrush steppe and short-grass prairie of northeastern Wyoming. Our three-pronged strategy consists of a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for private property; a Candidate Conservation Agreement for property with a federal nexus; and a Conservation Agreement that addresses conservation efforts associated with foreseeable development of energy resources. We anticipate that these documents will be finalized and ready for implementation in the last quarter of 2014.

 

Awards

  • 2012: The Wildlife Society, Central Mtns and Plains Section Citizens Conservation Achievement Award
  • 2010: National Grasslands Council: National Grasslands Prairie Partner Award
  • 2010: Wyoming Section of the Society for Range Management Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship Award
  • June 2004: National Grasslands Council: Grasslands Conservation Award
  • May 2004: National Grasslands Council: Grasslands Technology Award

 

Stakeholders

  • Wyoming Conservationists
  • Ranchers
  • NGO's
  • Energy Industry

 

Partners

Since inception, the Association has acted on the belief that effective conservation is built on a foundation of collaborative effort. Over the years, the Association has worked in cooperation with a wide range of partners, including:

Thunderbasin GrasslandsFederal Partners

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • US Forest Service


State/Local Partners

  • Conservation Districts
  • County Commissioners
  • Weed & Pest Districts
  • WY Game & Fish Department
  • WY Gov’s Natural Resource Sub-cabinet
  • WY Wildlife & Natural Resource Trust


Academia/Research Partners

  • Colorado State University
  • University of Wyoming
  • University of Wyoming Extension
  • USDA-ARS Rangeland Resources Research Unit


NGO Partners

  • Audubon Wyoming
  • Biodiversity Conservation Alliance
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Mule Deer Foundation
  • National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Private Grazing Lands Council
  • Sand County Foundation
  • Sonoran Institute
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • WY Wildlife Federation


Private Partners

  • Alpha Coal West
  • Arch Coal
  • Buckskin Mining Company
  • Cloud Peak Energy
  • EMRI
  • Fritz Knopf
  • Numerous agricultural producer members
  • Peabody Energy
  • Thunderbird Wildlife Consulting
  • Wyoming Wildlife Consultants