Applications sought for wildlife project funding
by Wyoming Game & Fish
January 3, 2012
The Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition (WGBGLC), administered through Wyoming Wildlife – The Foundation, is accepting applications for projects to be funded by the auction/raffle of Gov. Mead’s 2012 complimentary big game hunting licenses.
By statute, the Governor can receive up to 20 complimentary big game licenses (5 bighorn sheep, 5 moose, and 10 elk/deer/antelope) each year. For 2012, Gov. Mead selected Wyoming Wildlife – The Foundation to administer the sales of his complimentary licenses through the WGBGLC to fund projects in Wyoming.
Proceeds from the sales of the licenses are put to work for wildlife through an efficient and controlled process, one that is accountable to both hunting and conservation communities.
Betsy Wandtke of Wyoming Wildlife – The Foundation, noted: "While sales of the Governor’s licenses may occur at banquets held out-of-state, 90 percent of the proceeds raised from those sales are returned directly to Wyoming to benefit Wyoming’s wildlife.
Wandtke said that in addition to helping raise funds, which benefit Wyoming’s wildlife, those out-of-state sellers typically invest some of their proceeds back into the state’s wildlife resource.
Since 2003, the Coalition has raised approximately $3.6 million, of which $3.1 million has been dedicated to projects on the ground. The WGBGLC Project Proposal Form and a list of past projects can be found at http://wyomingwildlifefoundation.org/governor.asp .
On May 16th, the Wyoming Governor's Big Game License Coalition will meet in Casper to select 2012 projects. Project requests can range from preserving big game migration corridors, enhancing habitats for spawning cutthroat trout, educating the public about wildlife conservation, conservation easements and permanent land protection, helping collect much-needed wildlife data, and many more topics.
Interested organizations are encouraged to apply, and the general public may also apply if they feel they have a worthwhile project. Interested organizations or individuals are reminded that project proposals will not be accepted on the old forms and must be submitted in one complete package to include maps, budget, photos, etc. in one attachment. Project request forms can be found at: http://wyomingwildlifefoundation.org/governor.asp.
Requests must be submitted electronically after Jan. 1, 2012, on the proper application form and received no later than Feb. 1, 2012, to Melodee.Marienthal@whfw.org and Doug.McWhirter@wyo.gov
For further information, contact Melodee Marienthal at Wyoming Wildlife–The Foundation at: 307-432-9453.