Description - *This Information was Provided by the Bureau of Land Management of Wyoming*
Major uses of the public lands involve oil and gas activity, recreation and livestock grazing.
The Pinedale Field Office's wildlife program provides management recommendations for the habitats associated with numerous types of wildlife including sage-grouse, big-game, eagles, raptors, prairie-dogs, and others. The staff coordinates with other resource staff and completes necessary impact assessments for authorized projects. The staff also coordinates with other federal and state wildlife agencies in developing conservation strategies for wildlife management.
Currently the staff is involved in numerous conservation planning efforts for wildlife including grizzly bear, Canada lynx, sage-grouse and pygmy rabbit. By providing the best possible management recommendations, the wildlife staff ensures that decisions made by management incorporate the needs of wildlife habitat. In the future, the wildlife staff is working on becoming more pro-active with management actions to ensure that wildlife conservation is a major goal of the BLM.
- Livestock Grazing Information-
Due to the large amount of bottom land along the rivers and streams which are suitable for irrigated hay crops, ranching has been a valuable component of the area in and around Sublette County, Wyoming since this area was settled in the late 1800s. Ranching continues to provide a significant contribution to both the culture and economics of the communities in this area.
The majority of local ranches are authorized to graze livestock during a portion of the year on BLM administered allotments. Public land grazing is very important to the overall operation of the ranches because it provides pasture during the spring and summer when private hay meadows are being irrigated and producing hay that will be fed to the livestock during the winter.
Domestic livestock grazing administered by the Pinedale Field Office involves mostly cattle use with a few small horse permits; sheep grazing was never dominant in this part of Wyoming and currently, no sheep grazing is authorized in the area.
The majority of allotments within the Pinedale Field Office are grazed only during a 4 to 6 week period in May and June before the livestock are moved to higher elevation allotments administered either by the U.S. Forest Service or BLM and grazed later in the season (July through October). In some cases, the livestock are moved to private pastures.
A few allotments that are grazed season long (May through October), but these allotments typically have rotation systems that prevent cattle from grazing the same area during that entire time.
There are numerous projects such as water developments, fences, and brush control projects that have been developed on public land to support livestock grazing.
Climate - The climate in Wyoming changes with the topography. Generally the western mountains and basins receive large amounts of precipitation and create a rain shadow for eastern Wyoming. Most of the precipitation occurs during the winter months and falls in the form of snow. Temperatures are cooler in this region than the eastern part of the state, because of the generally higher elevation.
The eastern and lower elevations of Wyoming have been known for the constant wind that blows from west to east. During the winter this may be a Chinook, which warms the region. Temperatures in eastern Wyoming can be extreme. Summer days may reach 100 degrees F cooling quickly after sunset. Winter temperature lows can reach below zero with the wind adding to the intensity.
The Pinedale Field Office is located at 432 East Mill Street in Pinedale Wyoming.