State wildlife trust meeting June 14 in Riverton

Jun 10, 2012 Staff

The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust will meet on Thursday, June 14, in Riverton to allocate funding for proposed projects.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in Central Wyoming College's Student Center Room 103.

Trust board chairwoman Delaine Roberts of Etna said the organization considered 56 applications in the current funding period, and did more than 50 field visits related to those projects.

"One of the unique aspects of this program is the fact that we actually get out on the ground and look at these projects," Roberts said in a press release.

"We go over their funding, their permitting, and the design of the project on site. That way we have a very good understanding of the merits of the project when we get to actually allocating dollars," Roberts said.

Applications came from 25 different organizations, and they include a wide range of project goals.

"We have a lot of river projects this time," Roberts said, "but we have wetland restoration, bark beetle work, water development, mule deer habitat projects, aspen restoration and a whole lot of others. Obviously there are a number of projects aimed at sage-grouse habitat as well."

The Wyoming Legislature created the trust fund in 2005 to improve and maintain the state's wildlife and natural resources.

The program has allocated nearly $38 million in six years, generating more than $175 million in work on the ground for those purposes.

The agenda starts with an hour-long executive session on performance evaluation followed by introductions and financial and project status reports beginning at 9 a.m.

A public comment period is set for 9:30 a.m. and the board will beging project funding reviews at 10 a.m. with a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. The grouup will finalize project funding at 3 p.m. with public comment set for 3:15 p.m.

The group will consider project extension requests at 3:30 p.m. before setting an August date for the Etna meeting and an October date for the Rawlins meeting.

There is another executive session, one for partner selection and personnel set for 3:45 p.m. before the meeting adjourns at 4 p.m.

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