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The Jonah Interagency Office and Pinedale Anticline Project Office boards of directors will have public meetings Thursday in Cheyenne. They’ll discuss budgets and preverving wildlife in drilling areas.

Gas field boards to meet

The Jonah Interagency Office and Pinedale Anticline Project Office boards of directors are scheduled to meet on Thursday in Cheyenne.

Both meetings are open to the public and will be held in the Trout Room at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department headquarters building. The Anticline board will meet from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and the Jonah Field is gathering from 10 until around 11:30 am.

Each board will review proposed budgets for 2020 and progress on active projects. The boards will make funding decisions necessary for wildlife monitoring.

Agendas are posted online at TinyURL.com/jonahinteragency20. For more information, call Kellie Roadifer at 307-367-5309.

Raynes grants take applications

The Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund is accepting applications for its next round of small grants that support research, education and monitoring of wildlife.

Most grants are fir $4,000 to $5,000. Proposals are due by Feb. 1.

Get details at RaynesWildlifeFund.org.

Forest thinning near Hoback

The Bridger-Teton National Forest is proposing to allow a commercial logger to remove dead and dying trees in the Chall Creek area of the northern Wyoming Range.

The project would permit activity on no more than 250 acres, including a half mile of temporary road construction.

Comments are due by Feb. 8. Email thoughts to Big Piney Ranger District employee Dundonald Cochrane at dundonald.cochraneiii@usda.gov.

No documents are available, though the forest anticipates National Environmental Policy Act or a forest plan amendment decision by Feb. 1.

Chart Yellowstone phenology

Yellowstone Forever is searching for volunteers to assist with documenting phenology in the park.

Phenology is the study of plant and animal life cycle changes over time, and by recording these changes park managers can plan for the future.

The Gardiner, Montana-based nonprofit is recruiting volunteers who are able to help from April to October. Project dates are April 24-25, May 22-23, June 20-21, July 18, Aug. 14-15, Sept. 11-12 and Oct. 9-10.

Volunteers committing to one weekend each month will be provided free housing in Gardiner.

No experience is necessary, and all training and materials will be provided.

For information contact Yellowstone Forever’s citizen scientist specialist, Garrett Tovey, at gtovey@yellowstone.org or 406-848-2823.

Help conserve bears

A conference is being planned in the Northern Rockies that will explore bear conservation issues in a changing world.

The International Association for Bear Research and Management is organizing the conference, its 27th annual, which is scheduled for September in Kalispell, Montana.

You can learn about “Conserving Bears in a Changing World” and register to attend at IBA2020MT.com.

Cheatgrass is targeted

The Bureau of Land Management’s Pinedale office is looking for public input about landscape-level treatment of invasive plants like cheatgrass within its district.

The action area includes the Lake Mountain and Scab Creek wilderness study areas.

Wilderness study areas are wilderness-quality lands that must be managed in a way to not degrade the land’s wilderness eligibility.

BLM is planning to assess the project with an environmental assessment.

Ahead of that the project is being “scoped,” and comments are due in by Monday. Comments about the proposed project can be emailed to blm_wy_pinedale_wymail@blm.gov.

— Mike Koshmrl

 

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them since 2012. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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