In 2011, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) expanded its Sportsmen’s Values Mapping Project (SVMP) into Wyoming by working with local sportsmen’s groups to gather information about the state’s most important hunting and fishing areas.
Throughout 2011 and 2012, the TRCP met with sportsmen from 20 Wyoming communities to identify the areas that are most important for local hunters and anglers. That information was then digitized and formatted into GIS mapping layers that can be overlaid with other resource maps—of big-game winter and summer range, for example—and consulted to identify areas for protection or special management consideration. This project was endorsed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and the information has become valuable to their agency in considering wildlife management actions and additions to the state sportsmen’s access program.
With the Sportsmen’s Values Mapping Project, hunters, anglers, and wildlife managers have another tool to help ensure a positive future for fish and wildlife populations and our sporting traditions.
Nick Dobric, Wyoming Field Representative