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Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5067

Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative Science and Management Workshop Proceedings, May 12–14, 2009, Laramie, Wyoming

Edited by Vito F. Nuccio and Frank D’Erchia
Compiled by K. Parady and A. Mellinger

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hosted the second Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) Science and Management Workshop at the University of Wyoming Conference Center and Hilton Garden Inn on May 12, 13, and 14, 2009, in Laramie, Wyo.

The workshop focused on six topics seen as relevant to ongoing WLCI science and management activities: mapping and modeling resources for decisionmaking; data information and management; fish and wildlife research; changing landscapes; monitoring; and reclamation and offsite mitigation.

Panelists gave presentations on ongoing research in these six areas during plenary sessions followed by audience discussions. Three breakout groups focused on discussing wildlife, reclamation, and monitoring. Throughout the plenary sessions, audience discussions, and breakout groups, several needs were repeatedly emphasized by panelists and workshop participants: developing a conservation plan and identifying priority areas and species for conservation actions; gaining a deeper understanding of sagebrush ecology; identifying thresholds for wildlife that can be used to create an “early warning system” for managers; continuing to collect basic data across the landscape; facilitating even greater communication and partnership across agencies and between scientists and land managers; and engaging proactively in understanding new changes on the landscape such as wind energy development and climate change.

Detailed proceedings from the workshop are captured and summarized in this report.

First posted June 10, 2010

For additional information contact:

Regional Chief Scientist
USGS Central Region
PO Box 25046, Bldg 810, MS 150
Denver, CO 80225

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Suggested citation:

Nuccio, V.F., and D’Erchia, F., eds.; Parady, K., and Mellinger, A., comps., 2010, Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative Science and Management Workshop proceedings, May 12–14, 2009, Laramie, Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5067, 111 p.



Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Executive Summary

Introduction

Organization

Explanation and Disclaimer

Plenary Session 1

Plenary Session 2

Plenary Session 3

Plenary Session 4

Plenary Session 5

Plenary Session 6

Plenary Session 7

Plenary Session 8

Plenary Session 9

Appendix 1. Compilation of Workshop Notes

Appendix 2. Workshop Agenda

Appendix 3. Workshop Attendees

Appendix 4. Plant and Animal Species Discussed at the Workshop

Appendix 5. WLCI STAC and Coordination Team Members


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