The Bridger-Teton National Forest is located in Western Wyoming and is more than 3.4 million acres. The area contains pristine watersheds, abundant wildlife and immense wildlands. The Bridger-Teton has three nationally dedicated wilderness areas, which include the Bridger Wilderness, the Gros Ventre Wilderness and the Teton Wilderness.
These areas comprise a large part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that is the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48 United States.
The Jackson Hole One Fly Foundation – National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Conservation Partnership Program is providing funding to document the geographic distribution of Yellowstone cutthroat trout and Snake River cutthroat trout in the Snake River headwaters of Wyoming to provide land and resources managers with information to develop population management plans. This is the only area where both species are indigenous. The inventory and mapping effort will be the first comprehensive and systematic application at the basin scale, and will display the present distribution of these species in the River. Although several thousand kilometers of fish bearing streams have been surveyed to date, portions of two major drainages, the Salt River and Buffalo Fork River, remain to be completed. Sampling will be conducted using electro shocker techniques and the data will be entered to a standardized GIS system with global positioning system (GPS) to identify the exact locations of the fish.
This project was just approved and the grantees have just received their contracts. Implementation of the project will begin shortly.
For more information, contact: Mark Novak, [email protected], 435-797-2468.