Energy Development and Wildlife Conservation in the Thunder Basin
Written by broebling on July 10, 2017
Press Release – Governor Mead, ranchers, energy producers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management will gather in Cheyenne to celebrate taking another step toward balanced agricultural and energy production alongside wildlife conservation in the Thunder Basin. Thanks to a recently finalized “Conservation Strategy” spearheaded by the Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Association, a grassroots organization representing ranchers and energy producers in the region, 13.2 million acres and two distinct ecosystems across public and private lands in Campbell, Converse, Crook, Niobrara and Weston counties will benefit from continued economic growth and proactive habitat conservation for eight at-risk species including the sagebrush sparrow, Brewer’s sparrow, sage thrasher, black-tailed prairie dog, mountain plover, burrowing owl, Ferruginous hawk, and the legendary greater sage-grouse.
Who: Matt Mead, Governor of Wyoming
Clark McCreedy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Dave Pellatz, Executive Director, Thunder Basin Prairie Ecosystem Association
Frank Eathorne Jr., Jake Johnson, Inc. Ranch
Jerimiah Rieman, Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming
Laurel Vicklund, Peabody Energy
Tyler Abbott, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wanda Burget, Accord Resource Solutions, LLC
When: Monday, July 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. MDT
Where: The Nagle-Warren Mansion, 222 E 17th St, Cheyenne, WY 82001
Details: Governor Mead will be present for the first 20 minutes of the ceremony to mingle with attendees, followed by remarks from speakers participating in the Conservation Strategy representing energy, agriculture and wildlife conservation.