Upper Snake River Basin WY Local Working Group

The Upper Snake River Basin Sage-grouse Local Working Group (USRBWG) was established in September 2004 to develop a local conservation plan and support the implementation of projects that benefit sage-grouse and other sagebrush obligate species in the Upper Snake River Basin Conservation Area (USRBCA). The working group’s initial task was the completion of the original (2008) Conservation Plan.

The purpose of the plan is to promote management that results in functional sagebrush plant communities for sage-grouse and other species that use sagebrush environments. The conservation plan identifies strategies and commitments to support the maintenance of sagegrouse in the USRBCA, which generally includes the entire Snake River Basin in Teton, Lincoln, and Sublette counties in Wyoming and addresses management of four small, isolated populations in Jackson Hole, the Gros Ventre Valley, Hoback Basin and an interstate population shared by Wyoming and Idaho in the Salt River drainage.

The intent of this range-wide effort is to provide local support and actions to address sage-grouse conservation issues which, when considered in the context of a larger state and regional effort, will preclude the need for listing the species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Goals of the USRBWG are to:

  • Maintain, enhance, or restore sage grouse habitat to maintain or increase the abundance and distribution of sage-grouse, and improve population and habitat monitoring within the USRBCA;
  • Manage factors contributing to direct mortality of sagegrouse;
  • Identify private and state owned lands with existing or potential sage-grouse habitat value and minimize future impacts to sage grouse resulting from either transfer of ownership and/or changes in land use practices;
  • Contribute to sage-grouse research, and
  • Inform and educate the public, landowners, government agencies and others within the USRBCA about issues related to sage-grouse conservation. 

Read the Upper Snake River Basin Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan Addemdum

Contact Upper Snake River Basin WY Local Working Group

Robb Sgroi
Teton Conservation District
P.O. Box 1070
Jackson, Wyoming  83001
Phone: (307) 733-2110


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Fremont County, Wyoming
  • Lincoln County, Wyoming
  • Sublette County, Wyoming
  • Teton County, Wyoming

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