Governor Gordon's Wildlife Migration Advisory Group

Migration Corridor Advisory Group Recommendations.pdf

OVERVIEW

Governor Mark Gordon's Migration Corridor Advisory Group was tasked with developing recommendations to improve the state’s policies related to big game migration on lands that are also suitable for mineral development.

In August the group finished its work and presented the Governor with its recommendations. The recommendations begin with an overarching call to pursue an Executive Order to codify a state-based set of policies related to big game migration corridors and the industries, economies and private landowners that enhance, overlap and grow from Wyoming’s world-class migration routes.

The advisory group included representatives from the oil and gas, mining and agriculture sectors, as well as conservation, recreation and sportsmen groups and a county commissioner.

The groups recommendations are above in the PDF document.

Here is info from Game and Fish about corridors:

The group met three times, in Rock Springs, Lander and Pinedale. All meetings were open to the public and recordings of the meetings are below.

Next steps are for the Governor to review these recommendations and to hear input on those. Please send comments to renny.mackay@wyo.gov


MEMBERS

John Espy - for counties (Carbon County)

Kathy Lichtendahl - for conservation (Park County)

Maxwell R. Ludington - for recreation (Teton County)

Mike Schmid - for the Game and Fish Commissioners (Lincoln County)

Dan Stanton - for sportsperson’s groups (Sweetwater County)

Marty Stearns - for mining (Sweetwater County)

Marissa Taylor - for agriculture (Uinta County)

Kevin Williams - for oil and gas (Sublette County)


VIDEOS

Game and Fish Overview of Migration Corridors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHcOstYxh14&feature=youtu.be

Public Q&A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wThA6778Pjc&feature=youtu.be

Webinar on groups recommendations (September 12, 2019): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eVYO8xCZGI3VpzhZCpOwJghM90Ku5-UK/view?usp=sharing


RESEARCH PAPERS

https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.13445 (Dr. Sawyer's paper from New Mexico/Colorado)

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/csp2.83 (Pronghorn study related to winter range, published July 2019)

https://www.uwyo.edu/haub/ruckelshaus-institute/wy-open-spaces-initiative/2019-migration-public-opinion-poll.html (social science related to migration corridors - NEW INFO!)

INFO ON RENEWABLE PROJECTS AND TRANSMISSION

The NREX tool has all existing wind and transmission.

- Link: https://nrex.wyo.gov/map

Gateway West transmission (under development). Only 140 miles of this is being built, essentially from Aeolus to Point of Rocks.

- Link: http://www.gatewaywestproject.com/parcelSearch.aspx

Proposed projects:

- Sage Solar

- Fossil Solar proposed by Strata Solar outside of Kemmerer.

Proposed Transmission projects

- Gateway South

o Link: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=dispatchToPatternPage&currentPageId=69112

- TransWest Express: Map below

Proposed Wind projects

- Boswell Wind: http://deq.wyoming.gov/media/attachments/Industrial%20Siting/Application%20and%20Permits/Boswell%20Springs%20Project/2017%200823_ISD_Application_Appendix%20A%20Boswell%20Springs%20Project%20Maps.pdf

- TB Flats: page 246 (Appendix A-2): http://deq.wyoming.gov/media/attachments/Industrial%20Siting/Application%20and%20Permits/TB%20Flats%20Wind%20Energy%20Project/2018%200327_ISD_Application%20TB%20Flats%20Wind%20Energy%20Project_18-01.pdf

- Ekola Flats: page 250 (Appendix A-2): http://deq.wyoming.gov/media/attachments/Industrial%20Siting/Application%20and%20Permits/Ekola%20Flats%20Wind%20Energy%20Project/2018%200611_ISD_Application%20Ekola%20Flats%20Wind%20Energy%20Project_17-03.pdf

- Uinta Wind: page 219 (Appendix A-2): http://deq.wyoming.gov/media/attachments/Industrial%20Siting/Application%20and%20Permits/Uinta%20Wind%20Energy%20Project/2018%200709%20Application%20Uinta%20Wind%20Energy%20Project%2018-02.pdf

- Cedar Springs I and II: page 251 (Appendix A-2): http://deq.wyoming.gov/media/attachments/Industrial%20Siting/Application%20and%20Permits/Cedar%20Springs%20Wind%20Project%20/2019%200222_ISD_Cedar%20Springs%20Wind%20Application_18-05.pdf

- Roundhouse: page 257 (Appendix A-2): http://deq.wyoming.gov/media/attachments/Industrial%20Siting/Application%20and%20Permits/Roundhouse%20Wind%20Energy%20Project/2019%200318_ISD_Roundhouse%20Renewable%20Energy%2C%20LLC%20Application_18-13.pdf

- Two Rivers/Lucky Star: Application is ISC not yet submitted. 11,000 acres directly north of Medicine Bow.

- Cedar Springs: Application to ISC not yet submitted. 45,000 acres south of Medicine Bow.


MAPS and DOCUMENTS

The mapping tool is here:

https://tinyurl.com/WYMigrationCorridors

Three designated mule deer migration corridors and two draft corridors.

GMT20190912-165726_Governor-s_1686x768.mp4
Ungulate-Migration-Corridor-Strategy_Final_012819.pdf
BLM Special Lease Notice for Designated Migration Corridors.docx

This Section includes documents on the policies related to corridors.

SO_3362_Migration_Corridors.pdf
SubletteDeerRiskAssessment.pdf
Wyoming DOI State Action Plan 2018 FINAL10102018.pdf
Seasonal-Range-Definitions.pdf
5-G Oil and Gas_Final_Draft_May2019.pdf
OSLI Presentation.pdf
Migration Task Force Recommendations.docx
Sweetwater County Transmittal of Position Letters Regarding Hoback to Red Desert Migration Corridors 7-2-2019.pdf
O&G Presentation.pdf
Outdoor Council Letter to Wildlife Migration Advisory Group - August 2019.pdf
Migration Committee.docx
UW_RI_Landowner perspectives on migration corridors - DRAFT.pdf
Sportsmen_recommendations_MCAG_8.12.19_FINAL.pdf

These are public comments or presentations to the group.

WGA_PR_2019-08_Wildlife_Migration_Corridors_and_Habitat.pdf
2019.07.03 - Voluntary Farm Bill Programs - Migration Corridors.docx

This is the Western Governor's Association's Resolution on Corridors

Outdoor Rec Recommendations 10.31.17_4.pdf

This is the summary document of programs for landowners and the report on Outdoor Recreation in Wyoming.

Below are documents with data on corridors.

MigrationCorridorAnalysis Stopovers Landownership.pdf
Big_Game_Migration_Corridor_Fluid_Mineral_Stipulations.xlsx

Below are the maps provided to the group.

Designated Baggs Mule Deer Migration Corridor Map.pdf
Designated Sublette Mule Deer Migration Corridor Map.pdf
Designated Platte Valley Mule Deer Migration Corridor Map.pdf
DRAFT Sublette Pronghorn - Map (1).pdf
DRAFT Wyoming Range Mule Deer - Map (1).pdf
TransWest Express.pdf
Sweetwater Solar Energy.pdf
June Migration Advisory Group Agenda - 6-27 and 6-28.docx
Governor's Migration Advisory Group Agenda July 8-9_.docx
Governor's Migration Advisory Group Agenda August 12-13.pdf

These are prior agendas.

AUDIO OF MEETINGS



Governor's Migration Corridors Meeting - June 28th All Day.mp4
Governor's Migration Corridors Meeting - July 8th PM Session.mp4
Governor's Migration Corridors Meeting - July 8th AM Session.mp4
Governor's Migration Corridors Meeting - June 27th AM Session.mp4
Governor's Migration Corridors Meeting - Aug 13th PM Session
Governor's Migration Corridors Meeting - Aug 13th AM Session
Governor's Migration Corridors Meeting - July 9th PM Session.mp4
Governor's Migration Corridors Meeting - June 27th PM session.mp4
Governor's Migration Corridors Meeting - July 9th AM Session.mp4
Governor's Migration Corridors Meeting - Aug 12th AM Session
Governor's Migration Corridors Meeting - Aug 12th PM Session.mp4