Habitat preservation and improvements encompass all initiatives which promote healthy, safe and thriving habitat that supports all wildlife. This wildlife can be on the land, flying in the air or swimming in the water.
The WYldlife Fund seeks to both invest in our abundant habitat across Wyoming and also offer educational opportunities for private land owners to promote stewardship of habitat. We will focus on combating terrestrial and aquatic invasive species. Invasive species cost the US economy over $120 Billion per year. The WYldlife Fund will also support initiatives such as converting non-friendly wildlife fencing into friendly wildlife fencing. The conservation of habitat is a top priority of The WYldlife Fund and so is providing access to this habitat by all lovers of the outdoors. We will focus on partnering with state and private agencies to open up further access to wildlife habitat for all those who have a passion for it.
The WYldlife Fund has been delighted to partner and support the Absaroka Fence Initiative. Working in cooperation with willing landowners and land managers, Absaroka Fence Initiative aims to ensure fences are functional for livestock management and wildlife movement across the landscape through on the ground projects, public workdays and outreach to the community.
On December 5 2020, fifteen participants with the Absaroka Fence Initiative showed up to modify a one mile section of barbed wire fence, making it more wildlife friendly while still serving the purpose of containing cattle within their grazing lands. The WYldlife Fund was proud to both volunteer and help sponsor this first of many projects by AFI.
Thank you Kathy Lichtendahl for supplying this photo of the AFI fence tear outside of Cody!
The WYldlife Fund was also proud to partner with our friends at the Williams Foundation to send $10,000 to the Red Rim Grizzly Wildlife Habitat Management Area to create wildlife friendly fencing.There are approximately eighty-eight (88) miles of fence surrounding and within the unit that facilitate active grazing management. Of these eighty-eight (88) miles, there are roughly thirty-five (35) miles of non-wildlife friendly fencing of either six-strand wire or woven wire sheep fence. This fencing poses significant hazard to wildlife and restricts wildlife movement across a vital landscape that provides critical seasonal and life stage habitats. Converting these fences not only ensures access and movement across this landscape, but also assists in the implementation of the WHMA’s grazing management plan by keeping livestock in appropriate pastures during the grazing season.
The WYldlife Fund provided our friends at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation with 16 trail cameras and associated supplies in early 2021! Specifically the JHWF will use our donation of trail cameras and supplies to improve and evaluate the work of their Wildlife Friendlier Fence and Give Wildlife a Brake programs. Utilizing trail cameras pre- and post- project implementation, they will monitor fence removals and modifications, wildlife crossings and structures, and levee ramp builds for their effectiveness of safely moving wildlife around the landscape.
President of The WYldlife Fund, Chris McBarnes presenting trail cameras for research to the Executive Director of Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, Renee Seidler
The WYldlife Fund is proud and determined to invest in aquatic habitat just as much as terrestrial habitat. In late 2020, The WYldlife Fund provided a $1,250 to the Laramie Region of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in order to install boot cleaning stations for fisherman. These boot cleaning stations help prevent deadly Aquatic Invasive Species from entering our streams and rivers!
The WYldlife Fund is proud to stand beside our good friends and owner of Jackson Hole Eco Tour Adventures Taylor Phillips in the creation and launch of Wildlife Tourism For Tomorrow.Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow is Taylor's vision and inspires businesses and individuals who depend upon Wyoming's Wildlife to help fund on-the ground projects that make a difference. Join us in this movement that puts 100% of revenue directly into projects you select and support our shared wildlife legacy today.
We know that hunters and anglers traditionally fund the great majority of wildlife projects. Wildlife Tourism For Tomorrow seeks to tap into the wildlife watching and recreation economy across Wyoming in order to bring more resources to bear in order to fund critical wildlife habitat and research projects. Learn more here!