Managers gather for Green River Basin landscape workshop

Spanning portions of Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah, the Green River Basin is an ecologically and culturally rich landscape. Dominated by high desert crisscrossed by critically-important riparian areas, the basin supports sensitive species such as native fish, mule deer, and greater sage-grouse; critical water delivery for both humans and wildlife; livelihoods of diverse stakeholders; and important ancestral lands of the Ute people.
 

 Colorado cutthroat trout. Photo: Fish Eye Guy Photography  Colorado cutthroat trout. Fish Eye Guy Photography

Colorado cutthroat trout. Fish Eye Guy Photography
 

To help managers identify new opportunities to achieve conservation objectives for these valued resources in a landscape context, the Southern Rockies and Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperatives along with Conservation Science Partners, are coordinating the Green River Basin Landscape Conservation Design project (GRB LCD).

Lead by a diverse team of resource managers, GRB LCD participants are working to assess the vulnerability of sage-steppe and riparian/riverine ecosystems to the stressors of energy development, invasive plant species, and climate change.
 

Spring storm passing over the Green River on Seedskadee NWR. Tom Koerner/USFWS

Spring storm passing over the Green River on Seedskadee NWR. Tom Koerner/USFWS
 

In April, over 40 people gathered for the first workshop in Rock Springs, Wyoming. The workshop provided a forum to review, refine, and contribute to existing data, and discuss opportunities for conservation and management across the landscape. Participants addressed how collaboration could benefit their organization’s natural and cultural resource priorities, and where possible management actions could do the greatest good.

The next steps in the process (see diagram below) are to refine goals and objectives based on outcomes of the April workshop, and assemble data and conduct preliminary analyses.

 

Diagram of the GRB LCD process

 

 

For more information, please visit the Green River Basin LCD website.