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WyGISC joins the Conservation Team for the Pathfinder Wind Community Ranches in central Wyoming

WyGISC is performing an Inventory Assistance and Suitability Mapping Project for the Pathfinder ranches. Pathfinder Wind Community Ranches is a privately held association of five ranches totaling 290,000 acres of deeded and leased lands in Carbon and Natrona counties. The conservation team is focused on habitat, wildlife, livestock, and cultural resources management of the partner ranches especially in the light of proposed wind energy development. WyGISC leads vegetation habitat mapping for the conservation team. Spring and summer 2010 saw WyGISC conducting extensive vegetation sampling surveys of the ranches.

In this photograph, members of the Pathfinder Wind Community Ranches Conservation Team are shown touring the ranches with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's regional habitat biologist and a grazing management specialist from Colorado State University. From left to right are Dr. Ed Vasquez (Wyoming Wildlife Consultants, LLC), Raymond Ansotegui (KC Harvey Environmental, LLC), Dave Lockman (Wildlife Management Services of the Rockies, LLC), Carrie Dobie (Lander Region Terrestrial Habitat Biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department), Dusty Lockman (KC Harvey Environmental, LLC), and Dr. Roy Roath (Extension Range Specialist, Cooperative Extension Colorado State University). Photograph by Eli Rodemaker (WyGISC Remote Sensing Scientist).

 

Pathfinder Map
2010 Field survey results showing relev plot locations within the Pathfinder study area.


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