Little Mountain

Greater Little Mountain Coalition

Greater Little Mountain Coalition

The Greater Little Mountain Coalition supports Preferred Alternative D of the current draft Rock Springs Field Office’s Resource Management Plan Revision. The Coalition developed its proposal with a broad group of interests. The management recommendations in the Coalition’s proposal helps to strike a balance between opportunities for wildlife and recreation and energy development.

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In April, the Muley Fanatic Foundation and University of Wyoming researchers captured and collared female mule deer and elk south of Rock Springs in the Greater Little Mountain Area. The Deer-Elk Ecology Research (D.E.E.R) project aims to reveal interactions between mule deer, whose populations are declining in many areas of the West, and elk, whose populations are generally increasing. The scientists will use GPS collar data, fawn survival, spring and fall body fat assessments, fecal analysis and habitat changes through time to determine if and how deer and elk compete for resources in areas where their habitat overlaps. Predation from coyotes and mountain lions and their influence on deer populations will also be investigated. To read the full press release or for more information visit www.muleyfanatic.com.

April meetings entailed talking with the Rock Springs Mayor Carl Demshar, the Board of Commissioners for Sweetwater County, and the Coalition of Local Governments. The Coalition highlighted the Greater Little Mountain Area, the history of the Coalition, and the value of place. Our management proposal was also discussed. Please be sure to thank the Sweetwater County Commissioners for endorsing the Coalition’s management proposal.

Upcoming Event: Western Wyoming Sportsmen’s Expo, May 12 – 15, at the Sweetwater Events Complex. Greater Little Mountain materials will be available at three booths – Wyoming Wildlife Federation, Bowhunters of Wyoming, and the Seedskadee Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Come join us!

Thursday, May 12 – 5 pm to 10 pm
Friday, May 13 – 1 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, May 14 – 9 am to 10 pm
Sunday, May 15 – 9 am to 4 pm

Background

Rock Springs Office of BLM: The Rock Springs planning area includes 3.6 million acres of surface land and 3.5 million acres of mineral estate, administered by the BLM in portions of Lincoln, Sweetwater, Uinta, Sublette, and Fremont counties in southwestern Wyoming. The field office administers a variety of programs, including mineral exploration and development, renewable energy, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, wild horses, livestock grazing, and historic trails. (Rock Springs RMP Revision)

Timeline

  • 2016 – Alternatives analysis
  • 2nd Qt – 2017 – Draft RMP revision/Draft EIS
  • 3rd Qt – 2018 – Proposed RMP revision/Final EIS
  • 2nd Qt – 2019 – Record of Decision

The Greater Little Mountain Coalition was convened to organize sportsmen and women, members of local businesses, union members, and concerned citizens- – who want to see the Greater Little Mountain Area’s rugged landscape — continue to support abundant wildlife populations, sensitive species, and provide ample recreation opportunities.

As one of Sweetwater County and Wyoming’s most popular hunting, fishing, recreation and wildlife viewing areas, the Greater Little Mountain Coalition supports responsible energy development in the Little Mountain area. This approach dictates that critical habitat areas be set aside from energy development while other areas be carefully developed so that the great fish and wildlife heritage of the region is preserved. Read the informational brochure. (pdf)

Our goal is long-term protection of vital fish & wildlife habitat and fishing and hunting opportunities in this unique area of southwest Wyoming.

Who We Are

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The Greater Little Mountain Coalition is a group of sportsmen’s organizations and concerned citizens who want to see the Greater Little Mountain Areas rugged and sensitive landscape continue to support abundant wildlife & fish populations, including Colorado River cutthroat trout and sensitive species, and provide ample recreation opportunities.

Why We Care

This unique high desert habitat region is considered by biologists and resource managers to be some of the most sensitive fish and wildlife habitat in Wyoming. To sportsmen and women, Little Mountains is known as a premier hunting and fishing destination that plays an irreplaceable role in Wyoming’s outdoor heritage.

How You Can Help

To pass Little Mountain’s amazing habitat and sporting opportunities on to future generations, we’ll need your help.

Viewing Little Mountain

Visit GreaterLittleMountain.com to learn more. Connect with the Greater Little Mountain Coalition on Facebook

Sign up Today to stay informed about threats to Little Mountain Area & opportunities to help out with on-the-ground projects, contact Joy Bannon for details at joybannon@wyomingwildlife.org

Coalition Partners:

Op-Ed, by Joy Bannon, WWF Field Director

Bannon: Southwest Wyoming’s outdoor riches must be conserved

Southwestern Wyoming is a paradise for sportsmen and women, from small streams in the Greater Little Mountain area — providing excellent native cutthroat trout fisheries — to the moose and mule deer in the Big Sandy area to the desert elk herd of the Jack Morrow Hills. People from across the state and region travel to the area for the great hunting, fishing, recreation and breathtaking landscapes.

http://trib.com/opinion/columns/bannon-southwest-wyoming-s-outdoor-riches-must-be-conserved/article_82d6f7a0-b1b3-56de-96d4-7ce97f089dba.html

Check out this great video on this special area at www.tu.org/blog-posts/a-voice-for-little-mountain  and also read about it on a blog post by Matt Copeland, wildlife communications and writer at WyoFile.