Good land stewardship contributes to protecting facility assets from erosion, flooding, ponding, and noxious weeds, all of which can impact site accessibility and efficient and cost-effective facility operation. Facility development and operation requires a long-term commitment to managing lease-held land. Our restoration ecologists work side-by-side with client project teams to protect assets from environmental risks through a strategy that is sustainable for the life of the project.
Since 2012, WEST has served on a team of professionals dedicated to the restoration and enhancement of greater sage-grouse habitats within a State of Wyoming Core Population Area. As part of this team, WEST ecologists were responsible for identifying and prioritizing potential project areas, designing projects to meet restoration plan objectives, identifying and evaluating various treatments to determine Best ManagementPractices for successful projects, overseeing implementation, and monitoring of projects within various wildfire areas in Converse County, Wyoming. The projects have resulted in outplanting over 100,000 containerized sagebrush seedlings that created new seed-source islands to accelerate recolonization of sagebrush in burn areas while increasing functional habitat available for use by greater sage-grouse. The overall goal of the projects was to effectively jumpstart sagebrush restoration within disturbance areas that would eventually return the areas to suitable greater sage-grouse habitat.