State and federal land management agencies are teaming up with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and others to keep invasive plants out of sage grouse habitat.
The Wind River/Sweetwater River Sage Grouse Working Group this month awarded a $31,000 grant to Fremont County Weed and Pest.
The money will go toward a large-scale, three-year noxious weed inventory and treatment effort that the county weed district began last year in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
The local working group is one of eight established throughout Wyoming to conserve sage grouse. The conservation effort comes in response to concerns the federal government could declare the birds an endangered species, a move that could hurt the state’s energy industry.