The Wyoming mapping project will help raise the importance of conserving lands as places of value to Wyoming hunters and anglers. Photo courtesy of Neil Thagard.
TRCP staff members visited towns across the state of Wyoming in recent months, and still have miles to go as they continue working to involve sportsmen in issues that affect them in the Rocky Mountain West. Representatives from the TRCP are traveling throughout the Cowboy State seeking input from local hunters and anglers as part of the Sportsmen Values Mapping Project. Originally started in Montana, the SVMP works to ensure that sportsmen are represented in management decisions that could affect where and how they pursue their passions.
“This is an opportunity for all Wyoming sportsmen to help identify important hunting and fishing areas, complementing crucial habitat maps already in use by federal and state agencies,” said Neil Thagard, TRCP energy initiative manager. “This project will enable us to show politicians and decision-makers the access opportunities Wyoming hunters and anglers cherish and want to see conserved for the future.”
Thagard, a Wyoming resident and avid bow hunter, will meet with sportsmen, members of sporting groups, conservation associations, archery and rod and gun clubs throughout the year. The TRCP is hosting more than 24 open house-style mapping meetings where individuals are encouraged to identify “bread and butter” hunting and fishing areas.
Once complete, the maps will identify candidates for specific landscape conservation areas on public lands, raising the importance of conserving those lands as places of value to Wyoming hunters and anglers.
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