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Bulletins offer habitat mediation

Submitted by Newsroom on April 7, 2011 – 7:28 amNo Comment

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

LARAMIE, Wyo. – The Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Wyoming has issued two bulletins that provide information to reduce effects of energy development of sagebrush wildlife habitats.

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One bulletin, simply labeled B-1209, addresses energy development impacts and potential mitigation techniques. The other, listed as B-1212 describes using a pre-disturbance inventory in reclamation planning for successful restoration of severely disturbed lands.

Extension educators say the first bulletin provides a basic overview of implications and considerations of energy development across sagebrush habitats, not specific to a particular type of energy development, such as wind or uranium. It provides specific information for wildlife species that rely on sagebrush habitats, including greater sage-grouse, mule deer and pronghorn.

The second bulletin provides information on the ecological structure and function of a site selected for development and reclamation, including soil characteristics, wildlife habitat assessment, forage production, species composition, weed identification and control, watershed protection and the underlying aesthetics and characteristics – plants, soil and landscape features needing maintenance or restoration.

Both bulletins – B-1209 and B-1212 — can be accessed by going online to www.edu/ces.

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