What is the TBGPEA?
We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
Our membership includes property owners (regular membership) and other interested individuals (associate membership) within a five county area in northeastern Wyoming.
We value the unique landscape of which we are privileged to be a part.
We have chosen to take proactive leadership in the conservation of the lands we own or manage.
The conservation strategies we investigate, implement, and promote are responsible, science-based, long-term, and landscape in their scale.
What does the TBGPEA do?
- We work in collaboration and cooperation with a variety of government and non-government entities, as well as with experts in academia and members of the private sector.
- We partner with others to fund and implement a variety of conservation efforts within our landscape. Since 2003, we have invested over $4.7 million in voluntary, on-the-ground conservation measures.
- We focus our conservation efforts on two ecotypes that dominate our landscape: the sagebrush steppe and the short-grass prairie. We seek to protect and enhance existing habitat for species of concern within these ecotypes.
- We work to develop and implement a strategy of adaptive management – one that is informed by and responsive to current conditions and the results of previously implemented conservation efforts.
- We conduct extensive vegetation monitoring and targeted wildlife monitoring to support and enable adaptive management.
- We are currently working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to implement an incentives based conservation strategy to protect eight species of concern that inhabit the sagebrush steppe and short-grass prairie of northeastern Wyoming. Our three-pronged strategy consists of a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for private property; a Candidate Conservation Agreement for property with a federal nexus; and a Conservation Agreement that addresses conservation efforts associated with foreseeable development of energy resources. Final Strategy documents were signed on March 18, 2017.
- 2019: University of Wyoming College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Outreach Partner of the Year
- 2017: The Wildlife Society Group Achievement Award
- 2017: The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming Deborah MacKenzie Award for Innovation
- 2017: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Award
- 2017: State of Wyoming Good Neighbor Reclamation Award for Coal
- 2016: Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Research Partner
- 2012: The Wildlife Society, Central Mtns and Plains Section Citizens Conservation Achievement Award
- 2010: National Grasslands Council: National Grasslands Prairie Partner Award
- 2010: Wyoming Section of the Society for Range Management Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship Award
- June 2004: National Grasslands Council: Grasslands Conservation Award
- May 2004: National Grasslands Council: Grasslands Technology Award
- Wyoming Conservationists
- Energy Industry
Since inception, the Association has acted on the belief that effective conservation is built on a foundation of collaborative effort. Over the years, the Association has worked in cooperation with a wide range of partners, including:
- Bureau of Land Management
- Natural Resource Conservation Service
- US Fish & Wildlife Service
- US Forest Service
- Conservation Districts
- County Commissioners
- Weed & Pest Districts
- WY Game & Fish Department
- WY Gov’s Natural Resource Sub-cabinet
- WY Wildlife & Natural Resource Trust
- Boise State University
- Colorado State University
- University of Wyoming
- University of Wyoming Extension
- USDA-ARS Rangeland Resources Research Unit
- Audubon Rockies
- Biodiversity Conservation Alliance
- Defenders of Wildlife
- Environmental Defense Fund
- Humane Society of the United States
- Mule Deer Foundation
- National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
- National Wild Turkey Federation
- The Nature Conservancy
- Private Grazing Lands Council
- Sand County Foundation
- Sonoran Institute
- World Wildlife Fund
- WY Wildlife Federation
- Arch Coal
- Buckskin Mining Company
- Fritz Knopf
- Great Plains Wildlife Consulting
- Navajo Transitional Energy Company
- Numerous agricultural producer members
- Peabody Energy
- Wyoming Wildlife Consultants