History and pertinent Documents
Exchange completes major revision of Wyoming Conservation Exchange Manual to conform to the evolving compensatory mitigation environment and the development of new State and Federal policy.
WCE adopts WCE Grouse Resource Assessment Methodology (RAM)
Wyoming Greater Sage-grouse Compensatory Mitigation Framework finalized and Governor’s communications with State and Federal Agencies. The Framework is tailored to bolster policy considerations declared in the Governor’s Sage-Grouse Executive Order (2015-4)
The Exchange Advisory Group co-signed a letter to FWS Director Dan Ashe, recommending the benefits of conservation/habitat exchanges.
See Director Ashe’s response here.
Documents describing the Upper Green River Conservation Exchange were submitted to the USFWS to be considered as a mitigation option for sage-grouse. The scope of these documents has been expanded to cover all of Wyoming since the submission. See above for updated documents.
March 2014 (Pinedale, WY)
A meeting was held to present progress made towards developing a Conservation Exchange in the Upper Green River to stakeholders at the Mock Transaction and Landowner Workshop. See slides from the meeting here.
The Wyoming Chapter of The Nature Conservancy commissioned a study to scope the feasibility of a “Payment for Ecosystem Services” Market in the Upper Green River Basin of Southwestern Wyoming. See the final report here.
Archived Exchange Documents which provide important perspective, but which are generally superseded by more recent developments
- Wyoming Conservation Exchange Manual: provides guidance and information needed to participate in the Exchange including an overview of the program, policy and technical requirements, and operating protocols.
- Wyoming Conservation Exchange Agreement: the legal document that will authorize the use of Exchange credits for compensatory mitigation.
- Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Quantification Tool (draft): Defines the attributes assessed to measure habitat conditions relevant to greater sage-grouse and document the rationale for the attributes selected