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Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center

wyoming habitat restoration workshop


April 19-20, 2016  |  Casper, Wyoming


The mission of this workshop is to provide information and resources to facilitate industry, environmental groups and regulatory agencies to work together to promote natural resource production and wildlife habitat conservation in Wyoming. All proceedings take place at the Casper Event Center in Casper, Wyoming. This conference is hosted by the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC) at the University of Wyoming (UW). Please contact Pete Stahl at for content questions and information.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

8:00 AM Breakfast Buffet and Registration
9:00 AM Morning Session: Past Efforts & Future Concerns
Bob Budd, Wyoming Sage-Grouse Implementation Team
Matt Fry, Wyoming Governor's Office
Gary Beauvais, Director, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database
Dave Pellatz, Executive Director/Conservation Coordinator, Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Ecosystem Association
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Afternoon Session: Industry & Agency Collaboration
Jana White, Tri-Hydro, "Douglas Core Area Restoration Team"
Tom Christiansen, Sage Grouse Coordinator, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, "Sage Grouse Working Groups"
Adele Reinking, MS Candidate, UW, "Red Desert Pronghorn Study"
Jim Verplancke, "Fortification Creek Elk Study"
Teal Wyckoff, Research Scientist, "NREX Database Project"
Nick Graf, Research Scientist, WyGISC, "MOM, DDCT"
5:00 PM Reception

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

7:30 AM Breakfast Buffet and Registration
8:30 AM Morning Session: Effectiveness of the Governor’s Sage Grouse Executive Order (SGEO)
Scott Gamo, Staff Biologist, Wyoming Game and Fish, "SGEO Effectiveness for Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Populations"
Chris Kirol, Research Technician, UW, "Disturbance Thresholds and Nesting Occurrence and Success"
Jonathan Dinkins, Postdoctoral Research Associate and Kurt Smith, PhD Candidate, UW, "Winter Concentration Areas for Greater Sage-grouse"
Andy Gregory, Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University, "Probability of Greater Sage-grouse Lek Collapse Inside and Outside Core Areas"
Bill Ostheimer, Buffalo BLM Field Office, "BLM Implementation of SGEO"
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Afternoon Session: Industry Conservation Efforts
Lyndon Bucher, North American Permitting and Reclamation Manager, AMCOL International
Sherry Ligouri, Avian Program Manager, PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power
Allen Wellborn, Cloud Peak Energy
Julie Lutz and John Lucas, Environmental Engineers, Tronox Alkali
Pete Guernsey, QEP Resources
Colleen Faber, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
3:00 PM Event concludes


Casper Events Center 
1 Events Drive 
Casper, WY 82601


Registration now open! Click on the "Register Now" button or click the URL below to register. You will be redirected to UW's secure Touchnet registration system.


Registration Fees:

General Conference Attendee: $50.00
UW Students: $0.00

After submitting your registration, a confirmation message will be sent to the email address you provided. A final agenda, conference information and confirmation letter will be emailed to all attendees by Tuesday, April 12, 2016. 

CANCELLATION POLICY: Partial refunds (up to $35.00) will be given for registrations canceled by Friday, April 1, 2016.  Refunds will not be given for canceled registrations after Friday, April 1, 2016, but the registration can be transferred to another person in your organization.



Student posters are welcome. We are looking for posters related to the topic of wildlife conservation or habitat restoration in Wyoming, especially if the work involves collaboration between industry, regulatory agencies, conservation groups or academia. Contact Pete Stahl at for details.

Group rates are available for sleeping rooms at the following hotels in Casper. Please see details below regarding how to book a room. A credit card will be required to secure your reservation. Please familiarize yourself with each hotel’s cancellation policy to avoid cancellation fees.

Hilton Garden Inn 
1150 N Poplar St 
Casper, WY 82601

Located .4 miles from the Casper Events Center

Group Rate: $109 plus tax (available until March 28, 2016). Please reference the Wyoming Habitat Restoration Workshop or to make a reservation online with access to the group rate, please click here.

Hampton Inn & Suites 
1100 North Poplar Street 
Casper, WY 82601 
Phone: 307.235.6667

Located .5 miles from the Casper Events Center

Group Rate: $99 plus tax (available until April 4, 2016). Please reference the Wyoming Habitat Restoration Workshop or to make a reservation online with access to the group rate, please click here.

La Quinta Inn Casper 
400 W. F. Street 
Casper, WY 82601
Phone: 307-265-1200 opt 6

Located 1.4 miles from the Casper Events Center

Group Rate: $85 plus tax (available until April 4, 2016). You must call to reserve a room under the group rate. Reference the Wyoming Habitat Restoration Workshop.


The Casper/Natrona County International Airport is located on Highway 20/26, approximately 8 miles from the Casper Events Center. The airport serves the western region with three major airlines - United, Delta and Allegiant. For more information about the Natrona County International Airport, visit or call 307.472.6688.

Airport Ground Transportation: Attendees are responsible for booking their own ground transportation. Suggested transportation options include:

Rental Car Agencies Onsite at the Casper/Natorna County Airport:

Avis 800.331.1212

Budget 800.527.0700

Hertz 800.654.3131

Taxi Services:

Available at the Casper/Natorna County Airport (limited service, please call to confirm availability prior to your trip):

Casper Cabs 307.577.7777

Eagle Cab 307.797.3818

Blue Cab 307.337.7303


If you have questions about your registration or if you need to cancel your attendance, please contact Emily Sorenson at or 720.979.7200.

Past Workshops

Presentations available for Reclamation 101, Wyoming Shrub Reestablishment, Mineral Extractions and WY Native Seed Issues Workshop

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