Upcoming Conference | Sustaining Big Game Migrations in the West

Wildlife Migration Corridor Forum in Laramie, Nov 2015

October 26, 2015

Be part of the conversation on the science, policy, and people we need to conserve important migration corridors for wildlife in the West.

Wyoming partners of the Sage Grouse Initiative are hosting a forum on how to conserve migration corridors critical for big game species. The Ruckelshaus Institute and the Wyoming Migration Initiative invite you to attend this conference in Laramie on November 9-10.

The forum, called “Sustaining Big Game Migrations in the West,” will explore the science of long-distance big game migrations from a global and local perspective. Learn about how new technology gives us a better understanding of corridor habitats, animal behavior, and herd-level benefits associated with mule deer, pronghorn, elk, and other animals in the West.

As animals migrate between distant seasonal ranges, they traverse myriad jurisdictions and land ownership types, requiring managers to coordinate their efforts amid a diverse regulatory and policy landscape. The result is tremendous complexity, but also an opportunity to learn and collaborate.

Join USDA Undersecretary Robert Bonnie and SGI’s Brian Jensen for the plenary talk on how to create wildlife corridors across federal, state, and private boundaries through strategic conservation of working lands.

This conference will also feature interactive panel discussions with outfitters, landowners, non-profits, state and federal agency leaders, and others. The audience members will help identify opportunities as well as gaps in current public policy and private initiatives in order to further the management and conservation of big game migrations in the West.

When & Where:

November 9 (1-5 p.m.) and November 10 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
University of Wyoming Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center
222 S 22nd Street
Laramie, Wyoming

$90 for general registration
$25 for students

View the draft agenda or register here.

The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.