Mapping and conserving big game migration in Wyoming
September 2018 - July 2022
- WY Community Foundation
- Idaho Department of Fish & Game
- US Geological Survey
- US Fish & Wildlife Service
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
In 2018, USGS assembled a Corridor Mapping Team to work with individual State wildlife agencies and DOI partners to facilitate mapping of migration corridors and develop a mapping report. The Team has been in place since the beginning of 2019. It is based out of the Wyoming CRU and includes key biologists in participating State agencies. The Corridor Mapping Team is providing expertise, statistical code, troubleshooting, metadata, and map templates as well as overall direction for this west-wide mapping effort. This collaborative effort includes the state wildlife agencies of all 11 public lands states in the West, and is closely integrated with the corridor mapping goals of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Through this effort, the collaborative team is developing numerous products to address science and management needs related to understanding big-game use of corridor habitat, winter ranges and stopover areas. A primary goal of this effort is to create a standardized inventory of big game migration corridors in the western US that can be used to guide conservation and management.