A strutting Sage Grouse dances in a Lek.

(Casper, Wyo.) – Wyoming’s Sage Grouse Implementation Team will meet in Casper at the Natrona County Fairgrounds Dec. 12 from 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m.

Agenda items include reports from the Douglas core area reclamation group, Thunder Basin National Grassland and the sage grouse noise and reclamation/restoration/mitigation subcommittees. The complete agenda is available below and at wgfd.wyo.gov.

Public comments will be taken immediately before and after lunch and prior to adjournment.

The team was formed by Gov. Matt Mead to address issues concerning the implementation of the Sage Grouse Executive Order.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations by contacting the Game and Fish at (307) 777-4506.

See the complete agenda below.

8:30 AM

Introductions, Review of the Agenda

Public Comments

 

Item 1 – 8:45 AM – 9:10 AM

DOUGLAS CORE AREA RECLAMATION GROUP UPDATE

Bob Budd, Wyoming Wildlife Natural Resource Trust and Laurie Heath, Chesapeake will present the latest advances in planning for the Douglas Core Area.

 

Item 2 – 9:10 AM – 9:30 AM

NPL WINTER CONCENTRATION UPDATE – TONY MONG

Tony will update the group on the NPL winter concentration areas discussion with area managers.

 

Item 3 – 9:30AM – 10:50 AM

ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT – CALEB HINER

Caleb will discuss the latest on the adaptive management language for the upcoming RMP amendments.

 

Item 4 – 9:50 AM – 10:20 AM

THUNDER BASIN GRASSLAND PEA – DAVE PELLATZ

Dave will share the work TBGPEA is doing in relationship to the sage-grouse.

 

Break (10:20 AM – 11:00AM)

 

Item 5  - 11:00 – 11:30

AGENCY UPDATE

Federal and state Agencies will update the SGIT on happenings related to sage grouse conservation.

 

Item 6 – 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM

USFS SPECIES VIABILITY

Pam Bode, USFS, will present the agencies current direction as to how the SGEO and the USFS can meet USFS species viability requirements on the B-T National Forest.

 

LUNCH 11:50 – 1:00 PM

 

Item 7 – 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

SAMSON PROPOSAL

Grant Marvin and the Buffalo BLM will share their thoughts on a year round drilling proposal in non-core.

 

Item 8 – 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

RECLAMATION/RESTORATION/MITIGATION SUBCOMMITTEE UPDATE

Lyndon Bucher, American Colloid, will update the SGIT on the group’s effort to prioritorize reclamation/restoration efforts.

 

Item 10 – 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

CLARIFICATION OF THE 1/640 LANGUAGE

 

Break  2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

 

Item 11 – 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

 SCIENCE CORNER

Jonathan Dinkins Ravens and Sage Grouse.

 

Item12  - 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

TNC/Audubon Core Area Metrics

Brian Rutledge will be sharing a proposal for Core Area Metrics

 

4:15 PM

Wrap up

 

Tentative Next Meeting:  February, 2014