There is a diverse group of individuals, known as the Sublette County Forest Collaborative, that has formed with an overall effort set at improving forest health in Sublette County.
The collaborative is made up of representatives from non-motorized recreation, agriculture, outfitters and guides, environmental, county commissioners, United States Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Wyoming State Forestry Division, Sublette County Conservation District, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Sublette County Game and Fish, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Sublette County Unified Fire, and Sublette County Weed and Pest.
The group has teamed up with state and federal land management agencies to make recommendations for landscape based projects in the county. The collaborative has setup a charter with the basics for how the diverse group will function to meet the purpose and goals that have been developed.
The collaborative has set 10 interest statements that represent the group’s purpose:
These 10 interest statements were used to prioritize the areas of interest that the collaborative considered.
The recurring theme that the collaborative has been talking about is that any projects that are recommended to the private, state and federal landowners and managers should be developed without taking into account landownership lines, but developed based on a landscape approach with all partners at the table. The group has spent the last two meetings identifying areas on a map that would be considered potential project areas within the county.
The group has identified and prioritized six areas - Upper Hoback, Boulder Lake Area, Big Sandy Area, Moose Gypsum Area, Apperson Creek Area and New Fork Lake Area. The Collaborative’s top priority is supporting the use of aerially applied herbicides to treat invasive annual grasses (cheatgrass) on USFS lands.
For more information about what the collaborative is working on, please visit the collaborative’s website at uwyo.edu/haub/ruckelshaus-institute/collaborative-solutions/forests/sublette.html.
The Forest Collaborative group meets monthly and all meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pinedale Fire Hall meeting room.