Wyoming Accepting Applications for Wildlife Project Funding

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The Wyoming Governor's Big Game License Coalition (WGBGLC) is accepting applications for projects to be funded by the auction/raffle of Gov.-elect Mead's 2011 complimentary big game hunting licenses. The WGBGLC is administered through the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming

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 2011, Gov.-elect Mead has selected the Wildlife Heritage 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. Craig Showalter, President and CEO for the Wildlife Heritage 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." Showalter 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 our wildlife resource.

Since 2003, the Coalition has raised approximately $3.1 million, of which $2.5 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://whfw.org/governor.asp.

On May 18, 2011, the WGBGLC will meet in Casper to select 2011 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. Project proposal requests must be submitted by Mar. 1, 2011. For further information, contact Melodee Marienthal at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming at:Melodee.Marienthal@wgf.state.wy.us.