Outdoor opportunities would mean nothing without clean water and intact landcspes. Our vision is a Wyoming with clean water and healthy habitat to help support the wildlife and fish species that depend on them. We work for policy and management initiatives that benefit the species, habitats, and people of Wyoming through protecting the land and water resources that are the foundations to healthy wildlife populations and a strong, sustainable economy.
In 2021, the Federation doubled down on landscape connectivity with the addition of Sam Lockwood to the WWF team. The Federation is continuing to grow habitat projects in 2021, as well, with over a half-dozen volunteer opportunities being worked on to improve wildlife habitat
and landscape connectivity.
2021 Habitat Projects
Tosi Creek Fence Removal – June 12, 2021
Located in the backcountry near Union Pass, this project will take place in June. The focus of the project is removing several miles of old sheep fencing off of Bridger-Teton Forest Service and private lands. Access will be difficult. Contact Sam Lockwood for details at email@example.com or (435) 729-0951
Bear River Divide Fence Removal – June 2021
Southwest of Kemmerer, the Bear River Divide area is crucial winter range for mule deer and pronghorn, and is the largest private-public land hunter access area in the state. This project will take place in June and involves removing woven fence wire from the landscape. Foot access will be relatively easy. Call ahead for details.
Shoshone NF Fence Removal – July 24, 2021
The yearly Shoshone National Forest project is our oldest and is in partnership with the Shoshone National Forest staff, Bowhunters of Wyoming, and the Red Canyon Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. This year, we will be removing old fences from the landscape on public lands near Dubois to improve ungulate movements across the landscape. Expect similar dates as 2020 – the middle of July. Call ahead for details.
Send any questions to Sam Lockwood, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (435) 729-0951
Four Bear Fence Tear Project – May 1, 2021
A proud member of the Absaroka Fence Initative, WWF kicked off the habitat improvement season with the Four Bear Trail on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Participants spent the morning removing old barbed wire fence which improved habitat for migrating wildlife.
2020 Habitat Projects
Check out these projects completed by the Federation in 2020 in collaboration with countless other key partners, contractors, and agencies:
Farson Wire Improvement | June 2020
30+ Volunteers. 18 Miles Completed.
The Wyoming Wildlife Federation worked together with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s local habitat biologist Dean Clause others to organize the volunteer day near Farson to make passage across Highway 28 a little easier for pronghorn moving through the area. This work is especially important during winter months when they migrate to the winter range south and east of the highway.
La Barge Let Down Fence | July 2020
18+ Volunteers. 2 Miles Completed.
The Wyoming Wildlife Federation joined with local landowners at the Diamond H, and members of SOS Well Services to install let-down fencing on the La Barge livestock common allotment. The fencing is laid down to improve migration movements for deer and elk.
Wind River Fence Removal
30+ Volunteers. 1.75 Miles Completed.
Our longest running annual project, the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, the Shoshone National Forest, and the Red Canyon Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation host a volunteer fence removal project in the Wind River Mountain Range each year. In 2020, the volunteers removed fence in the Lava Mountain burn from 2016.
Willow Creek Project
Contracted Work. 14 Miles Completed.
A pass-through grant from the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust (WWNRT) went straight to contracting 14 miles of fence work in the middle of the crucial Red Desert to Hoback Migration bottleneck. Fence was removed, replaced, or otherwise modified to make it easier for animals, especially mule deer, to travel through the area.
What We Do To Help
Wyoming Wildlife Federation has a number of specific Programs that address this issue directly. Click on a Program in the list below to explore it in depth.