“Quality habitat is a cornerstone of wildlife management,” - Brian Nesvik, Game and Fish director. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, alongside conservation partners, invested over $10.5 million in aquatic and terrestrial habitat projects in 2021. The projects are valuable for conserving and growing populations of more than 800 species in Wyoming. 

Game and Fish recently released the 2021 Statewide Habitat Plan Annual Report highlighting diverse project accomplishments throughout the state. They allocated more than $2.5 million for habitat projects and leveraged that for more than $8 million from the Wyoming Wildlife Natural Resources Trust fund, federal government funds, state funds, private landowners and local conservation partners.

Through these funds, Game and Fish executed 226 projects in 2021.

“Quality habitat is a cornerstone of wildlife management,” said Brian Nesvik, Game and Fish director. “That’s why the Wyoming Game and Fish Department continues to invest heartily to sustain wild and healthy populations of aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.”

In addition to the aquatic habitat work Game and Fish collaborated on projects which led to the management of 725,896 acres of terrestrial habitat. Herbicide treatments to help control and prevent the spread of invasive grasses culminated at 100,278 acres, about an 18% increase compared to 2020. 

Current and past reports can be downloaded from the Game and Fish website.  

Toby Koekkoek is a Community News Reporter, and a recent resident of Teton Valley. He enjoys writing about our region's community events and the movers and shakers that make up the culture of this unique mountain town. He enjoys deep powder, and deep thoughts, skateboarding, playing racquet sports, riding his bike, and nerding out on music. Toby also coaches freeride skiing for the Jackson Hole Ski Club and runs skateboard camps in the summer.