Wyoming Sage-Grouse Conservation Project

During its 2014 session, the Wyoming Legislature approved the Governor’s budget request to support the local sage-grouse working groups and fund conservation projects benefiting sagegrouse and their habitat. Implementation of projects consistent with local sage-grouse conservation plans will reduce the likelihood of sage-grouse being listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.


  • All projects should be submitted on the Wyoming Sage-Grouse Conservation Project Proposal Form. Projects must be reviewed, approved by and submitted for funding by the affected Local Sage-Grouse Working Group (LWG).
  • Project funding is provided for the purpose of implementing projects that address the primary threats to sage-grouse as identified in local sage-grouse conservation plans. Applicants should read the appropriate plans and tailor projects accordingly.
  • Projects will be evaluated based on consistency with Wyoming’s Core Area management strategy, local sage-grouse conservation plan, likelihood of success, project readiness, matching funds, multiple species benefits, significance at local/state/regional level, duration of benefits, and adequacy of monitoring.
  • Funds are distributed as reimbursable grants in most cases. This means the grantee must submit for reimbursement of expenses incurred as a result of the project. “Up front” funding is not allowed. Grantees (non-profit organization, government agency or private individuals) are required to enter into grant agreements and request reimbursement of expenditures made. For-profit entities are not eligible for grants but may be contracted by grantees to conduct actions prescribed by the grant.
  • Capital equipment such as vehicles, computers or GPS units is not allowed. Short-term lease of such equipment is acceptable.
  • For habitat improvement projects, including water developments, details of the posttreatment livestock grazing management plan must be included in the project description. Habitat treatment projects must also be consistent with Wyoming Game and Fish Department Protocols for Treating Sagebrush to Benefit Sage-Grouse.
  • Research projects, including all projects that involve radio telemetry, should be conducted with the rigor and intent to publish in peer-reviewed scientific press.
  • Habitat projects conducted on private lands should be partnered with programmatic sagegrouse efforts such as a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA), NRCS Sage-Grouse Initiative (SGI) or other landscape scale, sage-grouse specific, effort.
  • Funds must be expended July 1, 2014 – September 30, 2016. Do not submit for funding needed outside of these dates.

Download the Proposal Form

Contact Wyoming Sage-Grouse Conservation Project

Contact Wyoming Sage-Grouse Conservation Project

Tom Christiansen
WGFD Sage-Grouse Program Coordinator
351 Astle Ave
Green River, Wyoming  82935
Phone: (307) 875-3223


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Wyoming