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Open-File Report 2014–1093

U.S. Geological Survey Science for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative—2012 Annual Report

By Zachary H. Bowen, Cameron L. Aldridge, Patrick J. Anderson, Timothy J. Assal, Carleton R. Bern, Laura R.H. Biewick, Gregry K. Boughton, Natasha B. Carr, Anna D. Chalfoun, Geneva W. Chong, Melanie L. Clark, Bradley C. Fedy, Katharine Foster, Steven L. Garman, Stephen Germaine, Matthew G. Hethcoat, Collin Homer, Matthew J. Kauffman, Douglas Keinath, Natalie Latysh, Daniel Manier, Robert R. McDougal, Cynthia P. Melcher, Kirk A. Miller, Jessica Montag, Christopher J. Potter, Spencer Schell, Sarah L. Shafer, David B. Smith, Michael J. Sweat, and Anna B. Wilson

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Southwest Wyoming contains abundant energy resources, wildlife, habitat, open spaces, and outdoor recreational opportunities. Although energy exploration and development have been taking place in the region since the late 1800s, the pace of development for fossil fuels and renewable energy increased significantly in the early 2000s. This and the associated urban and exurban development are leading to landscape-level environmental and socioeconomic changes that have the potential to diminish wildlife habitat and other natural resources, and the quality of human lives, in Southwest Wyoming. The potential for negative effects of these changes prompted Federal, State, and local agencies to undertake the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative for Southwest Wyoming.

First posted July 15, 2014

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Bowen, Z.H., Aldridge, C.L., Anderson, P.J., Assal, T.J., Bern, C.R., Biewick, L.R.H., Boughton, G.K., Carr, N.B., Chalfoun, A.D., Chong, G.W., Clark, M.L., Fedy, B.C., Foster, Katharine, Garman, S.L., Germaine, Stephen, Hethcoat, M.G., Homer, Collin, Kauffman, M.J., Keinath, Douglas, Latysh, Natalie, Manier, Daniel, McDougal, R.R., Melcher, C.P., Miller, K.A., Montag, Jessica, Potter, C.J., Schell, Spencer, Shafer, S.L., Smith, D.B., Sweat, M.J., and Wilson, A.B., 2014, U.S. Geological Survey science for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative—2012 annual report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1093, 71 p., https://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20141093.

 

ISSN 2331-1258 (online)



Contents

Introduction and Highlights of 2012 Accomplishments

Baseline Synthesis Activities

Targeted Research and Monitoring: Long-Term Monitoring Activities

Targeted Research and Monitoring: Effectiveness Monitoring Activities

Targeted Research and Monitoring: Mechanistic Research of Wildlife

Data and Information Management Activities

References Cited


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