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Pinedale Habitat Biologist for the Wyoming Game & Fish Department
Wyoming Game & Fish
Wildlife professionals from across Wyoming have named Jill Randall, Pinedale Habitat Biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, as their 2014 Wildlife Professional of the Year. The Wyoming Chapter of The Wildlife Society, an international organization of professional wildlife researchers and managers, presented the award to Randall at their annual meeting in Sheridan recently.
Randall started her Game and Fish career in 2003 as a Brucellosis-Feedgrounds-Habitat biologist in Jackson. Then in 2005, Jill accepted the position as the Habitat Biologist in Pinedale where she has served ever since.
"Jill is a great team player with excellent interpersonal skills," said Eric Maichak, Pinedale Brucellosis-Feedground-Habitat Biologist and President of the Wyoming Chapter of the Wildlife Society. "Her unique ability to work with other agencies, conservation groups, and landowners has allowed her to accomplish a great deal for wildlife and their habitat in the Pinedale Region."
Maichak provided a recent noteworthy example where Jill played a pivotal role in coordinating with grazing permittees and federal land managers to allow the 64,000 acre Fontenelle Fire of 2012 two year’s rest from livestock grazing. This required finding alternate grazing forage for no less than 11 different grazing allotments, thereby allowing the wildlife and habitat to realize the maximum benefit from the fire.
In addition, Jill has collaborated with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service and private landowners to implement a number of mule deer habitat projects in the Pinedale Region, and specifically for the renowned Wyoming Range mule deer herd. As a result, earlier this spring the BLM completed a comprehensive planning document that calls for treatment of some 28,000 acres of mule deer habitat in the Wyoming Range over the next 10 years. These extensive habitat treatments were initiated earlier this summer with nearly 1600 acres of sagebrush mowing, 60 acres of Dixie harrow/seeding, 70 acres of Plateau application to stimulate mountain mahogany regeneration, herbicide spraying of 200 acres for cheatgrass control and mechanical preparation of over 700 acres of aspen for future prescribed burns.
Prior to this work, Randall has been instrumental in implementing a number of important wildlife habitat improvement projects, including several prescribed burns to promote aspen along the Wyoming Range front and a variety of mechanical and chemical sagebrush treatments benefitting both wildlife and livestock. Furthermore, Randall has worked closely with area landowners and funding organizations to accomplish a number of conservation easements on key parcels of wildlife habitat within the Wyoming Range and Green River valley.
"While Jill has done an excellent job as the Pinedale Habitat Coordinator, she has also always been quite willing to help out other work units with their projects," said John Lund, Pinedale Regional Wildlife Supervisor, noting her involvement in projects such as the Pinedale elk test & removal project, sage grouse surveys, mule deer mortality surveys, and hunter check stations, among others. "Her commitment to Wyoming’s wildlife resource is exemplary."
Randall is a native of Jefferson, Ohio. She is a year 2000 graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Immediately upon graduation from college, Jill left for Wyoming taking a job with Grand Teton National Park as a heavy equipment operator. Jill has also been very active in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation during her time living in northwest Wyoming.
In her free time, Jill, and her husband Mark, are kept busy with their two year old son, Garrett. When not chasing Garrett, the two are usually chasing one of a number of outdoor pursuits they enjoy, including hunting, hiking, kayaking or horseback riding, to name a few.
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Big Horn Sheep Bow demonstration Nov. 4 & 5 (posted 10/23/14)
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And it’s tiny. It’s located on the outside of the Dandylion Den gift shop in Pinedale. It’s one of the newest "Little Free Library"s that are popping up in neighborhoods all across the county as a fun way to encourage reading and community. The new little library was installed in mid-October and is ready to use.
What is a Little Free Library? It’s a "take a book, return a book" gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. The goal is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
Pinedale’s newest little library was put up by Kristy Sims who saw the idea from news stories about ones other people have done. She asked local carpenter Chris Lockwood to build her library case and he installed it on the outside of her store, the Dandylion Den, on south Sublette Avenue.
Little Free Library book cases come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, clever designs and colors. Most all have glass front doors to see the books inside. Cases placed outside are watertight to keep out the weather.
Sims went to the Pinedale Food Basket to stock it with the first set of books, a mixture of adult and children’s books. She then found a nice bench to place next to the new Library. Sims named the new library the "Jimmy Sims Little Free Library," after one of her sons.
The first little libraries began to appear in 2009, and since then more and more people liked the idea and started making them. With the great grassroots movement, LittleFreeLibrary.org became a non-profit organization in 2012 in Wisconsin. They had the goal to build 2,510 Little Free Libraries—as many as Andrew Carnegie—and keep going. They reached that goal in August of 2012, a year and a half before their original target date. By January of 2014, the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world was conservatively estimated to be nearly 15,000, with thousands more being built. The idea has grown to other countries worldwide The Jimmy Sims Little Free Library has Charter No. 18,798.
Check it out!
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Rendezvous Pointe selected as 1 of 16 ‘High Performing Nonprofits in the Nation’ (posted 10/19/14)
Dave Bell’s business took him to Jackson earlier this week and, of course, his camera equipment joined him on the trip. He left early in hopes of photographing something spectacular. " I was certainly not disappointed. I was able to witness the entire mating ritual of the moose and photograph the entire event. It was very interesting as quite a lot of courtship is involved. This is not a "slam bam, thank-you maam" event as it goes on for quite some time." Click here for his gallery of the encounter: "moose mating encounter"
Pinedale Community Blood Drive Nov. 3 (posted 10/15/14)
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