Habitat preservation encompasses 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, 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.
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 recently provided our friends at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation with 16 trail cameras and associated supplies! 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 and Executive Director of Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, Renee Seidler