Ecosystems

Status and Trends

WLCI: Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative

Integrated Studies of Wildlife and Habitat on the Energy Frontier

WLCI is a long-term, science-based program focused on assessing, conserving, and enhancing fish and wildlife habitats while facilitating responsible energy development through local collaboration and partnerships. We provide multidisciplinary scientific and technical information to WLCI partners and work to advance the overall scientific understanding of ecosystems in southwestern Wyoming.

USGS research and science delivery for southwestern Wyoming includes

  • producing new geospatial data of
    • energy resources,
    • oil and gas well pad surface disturbance,
    • aspen and conifer woodlands,
    • habitat and restoration treatments, and
    • inorganic mineral resources;
  • studying the effects of energy development on priority species including
    • greater sage-grouse,
    • sagebrush obligate songbirds,
    • mule deer,
    • pygmy rabbits, and
    • native fishes; and
  • developing products that inform resource planners and decision makers about
    • species distribution data and
    • how the density of well pads and energy infrastructure influences the distribution and abundance of pygmy rabbits and sagebrush songbirds within energy fields.

This information is used by resource planners and decision makers involved with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning, environmental assessments, and in developing local siting and monitoring protocols.

Learn More

WLCI web site
2014 Annual Report

Featured Publications

Uranium in the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative study area, southwestern Wyoming

Forecasting and evaluating patterns of energy development in southwestern Wyoming

Digital representation of oil and natural gas well pad scars in southwest Wyoming: 2012 update

Observations of elk movement patterns on Fossil Butte National Monument


Confluence of the New Fork River and Green River, Sublette County, Wyoming.

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Top Photo: Little Mountain Fawn. Photo courtesy of the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.