FLIGHTS: Wyoming
Colorado River Basin
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Colorado River Basin
Description: Flows into Lake Powell for 2018 are expected to be just 42 percent of the reservoir's long-term average. The Colorado River supplies drinking water to 40 million Americans, irrigates 5.5 million acres of farmland, and injects more than $1 billion annually in the region’s recreation and tourism economy. An outdated system is promising more water than it can supply to a growing number of uses. ... read more
Flight Across America 2009 - Mountain Pinebeetle
State: Wyoming
Region: Jackson
Description: EcoFlight's 2009 Flight Across America Student Program studied the pine beetle infestation occurring in the Rocky Mountain region, specifically in Colorado and Wyoming. Three high school students from Colorado were selected to accompany EcoFlight to Jackson, Wyoming and the Teton Science School, to study the white bark pine beetle infestation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem... read more
Flight Across America 2012 - Upper Colorado River Basin
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Colorado River
Description: Flight Across America 2012 focused on water conservation concerns in the Upper Colorado River Basin, emphasizing the crucial role water plays in sustaining natural and societal life. With our college level students, the program took an aerial look at water and its relation to the health of ecosystems, energy development, urban planning, recreation, agriculture, and wildlife habitat in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming...
Flight Across America 2014 - 50 Years of Wilderness
State: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming
Description: Flight Across America 2014 (our annual multi-state student program) focused on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act: the importance of wilderness designations for our public wild lands, and the threats that wilderness quality lands are facing in the West, and the difficulty of obtaining these designations in the current political climate.
Flight Across America 2017 - Wyoming Public Lands Initiative
State: Wyoming
Description: The Wyoming Public Lands Initiative (WPLI) is a voluntary, collaborative, county-led process intended to result in one, multi-county legislative lands package that is broadly supported by public lands stakeholders in Wyoming.  The ultimate goal is a new federal law that governs the designation and management of Wyoming’s 44 Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs).
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
State: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Region: Northwest Wyoming, Southern Montana and Southeastern Idaho
Description: The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is one of the last remaining large, nearly intact ecosystems in the northern temperate zone of our planet. A 20-million-acre ecosystem requires constant attention to ensure the long-term sustainability of pristine watersheds and abundant wildlife... read more
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem - Fire
State: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Description: Wildfires are naturally occurring agents of disturbance in the region's forests. But hotter and drier conditions and longer fire seasons are already expanding the natural force of wildfire in Greater Yellowstone. In general, wildfires are larger, more numerous, and more destructive than they used to be... read more
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem - Whitebark Pinebeetle
State: Montana, Wyoming
Description: The Whitebark Pine is the main pine tree found at high elevations throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. A beetle epidemic that's killing trees across the Rocky Mountain region has taken an especially heavy toll on Whitebark Pine trees and the grizzly bears who depend on them... read more
Historic Before and After
State: Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Wyoming
Region: Western US
Description: Historic before and after photos of landscapes throughout the years of EcoFlight's conservation flying missions.
Wilderness - 50th Anniversary
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Western United States
Description: 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act...The 1964 Wilderness Act defines "Wilderness" as an area “...affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable...where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain...”
Wyoming - Absaroka Beartooth Front
State: Wyoming
Description: The Greater Yellowstone Coalition is initiating a proactive landscape-scale conservation campaign to protect the Absaroka-Beartooth Front, which constitutes the northeasetrn boundary of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and is critical habitat for all the iconic species in the Ecosystem... read more
Wyoming - Absaroka Beartooth Front
State: Wyoming
Region: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

The Shoshone National Forest in northwest Wyoming offers world class recreational opportunities and includes parts of the Wind River, Beartooth, and Absaroka mountain ranges. A Management Plan revision process is currently underway to draw attention to high-priority wild areas in need of permanent protection... read more

Wyoming - Bighorn Basin - Fifteen Mile Basin
State: Wyoming
Region: Bighorn Basin
Description: Citizens are asking the BLM to render the largely pristine Fifteen Mile Basin unavailable to oil and natural gas development, linking three Wilderness Study Areas and preserving their importance as places that support the livelihoods of citizens and wildlife alike... read more
Wyoming - Black Thunder Coal Operation
State: Wyoming
Description: The Black Thunder coal mine is the largest producing coal mine in the world, cranking out enough coal to load up to 25 miles of railroad cars per day... read more
Wyoming - Fortification Creek
State: Wyoming
Region: Sheridan
Description: Coalbed methane development in the Fortification Creek area in the Powder River Basin has been a challenge to environmental groups. The BLM released a proposed final management plan in 2011 for the area, which spans more than 100,000 acres in three counties and is home to an elk herd.... read more
Wyoming - Grand Teton National Park
State: Wyoming
Region: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Description: Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes the remarkable Teton mountain range, magnificent Snake River corridor, and the incredible and diverse wildlife in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone region... read more
Wyoming - Jackson - Urban Planning
State: Wyoming
Description: The Town of Jackson and Teton County are jointly updating their 1994 Comprehensive Plan — the long-range plan that guides policy, investment, program, and land use decisions — to make sure it reflects the current needs and vision of everyone involved... read more
Wyoming - Little Snake and Yampa Rivers
State: Wyoming
Region: Southern Wyoming
Description: The Little Snake River Valley is one of the few remaining intact river valleys in the West that has not experienced rampant development. The area is critical wildlife habitat for many species including the largest and most robust population of Columbian sharp-tailed grouse found anywhere in the central Rockies... read more

Wyoming - McCullough Peaks - Wild Horses
State: Wyoming
Region: The McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area - Near Cody, WY
Description: The BLM manages herd populations under the direction of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. The McCullough Peaks Horse Management Area (HMA) is located 12 to 27 miles east of Cody (70 miles east of Yellowstone Park) and encompasses 109,814 acres of land... read more
Wyoming - Mule Deer Migration
State: Wyoming
Region: Red Desert to Hoback
Description: The longest ungulate migration ever recorded in the lower 48 was recently discovered by a group of researchers at the University of Wyoming. Migration routes of mule deer were found to extend 150 miles from the Red Desert via the Wind River Range to its northernmost point of Hoback Junction in the Wyoming Range.
Wyoming - North Fork of the Powder River
State: Wyoming
Region: Bighorns
Description: Located about 30 miles southwest of Buffalo in Johnson County, the North Fork of the Powder River wilderness proposal area is surrounded by private land. Access to the area is virtually impossible by foot. The overflight provided a useful perspective for assessing the the North Fork Powder River Wilderness Study area, and additional 6,000 acre citizens' wilderness proposal area read more...
Wyoming - Palisades Wilderness Study Area
State: Wyoming
Region: Bridger-Teton and Targhee National Forests
Description: The 2008 Bridger-Teton National Forest Evaluation of Wilderness Potential ranked the area as 12 out of 12 in terms of wilderness potential, topping the scale in all categories evaluated including naturalness and undeveloped character, outstanding opportunities for solitude and unconfined recreation, special features, and manageability.
Wyoming - Pavillion - Fracking
State: Wyoming
Description: Reports of contaminated groundwater have increased in places like the tiny town of Pavillion, where gas wells outnumber residents. Here, residents are warned not to drink or cook with their water and are told to “ventilate” because of unsafe levels of natural gas in their drinking wells... read more
Wyoming - Pinedale Anticline and Jonah
State: Wyoming
Region: Upper Green River Valley
Description: The extraordinary Upper Green River Valley in western Wyoming is defined by clear air, clean water, and abundant wildlife. There is substantial energy development on BLM lands here, where gas reserves have proved to be some of the most lucrative in the nation... read more
Wyoming - Powder River Basin
State: Wyoming
Description: Wyoming's Powder River Basin is experiencing the largest mineral boom in Wyoming history. Coalbed methane (CBM) gas development in the Powder River Basin has been characterized by industry as the "hottest natural gas play" in North America, making CBM development the greatest environmental and cultural threat Wyoming has faced in decades.... read more
Wyoming - Powder River Basin - Coal
State: Wyoming
Region: SE Montana, NE Wyoming
Description: The Powder RIver Basin supplies 40 percent of the coal produced in the United States, which is burned to produce 20% of the nation's electricity. Not surprisingly, 13% of the country's greenhouse gasses also come from the Powder River Basin, in southest Montana and northest Wyoming... read more
Wyoming - Pronghorn Migration
State: Wyoming
Region: Jackson Area
Description: Bruce Gordon narrates an informative video about pronghorn migration in Wyoming.  This video also covers the potential problems associated with natural gas drilling in Wyoming's Pinedale and Jonah regions and how that could affect animal migration corridors... read more
Wyoming - Public Lands Initiative
State: Wyoming
Description: The Wyoming Public Lands Initiative (WPLI) is a voluntary, collaborative, county-led process intended to result in one, multi-county legislative lands package that is broadly supported by public lands stakeholders in Wyoming.  The ultimate goal is a new federal law that governs the designation and management of Wyoming’s 44 Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs).
Wyoming - Red Desert
State: Wyoming
Description: The Red Desert is one of the few remaining great high elevation deserts left in the United States, and is considered by many the last truly wild place in the west. Within its 6 million acres are towers of sandstone, colorful badlands, slot canyons, and the largest chain of shifting sand dunes in North America. Continue reading...
Wyoming - Shoal Creek Wilderness Study Area
State: Wyoming
Description: Created in the 1984 Wyoming Wilderness Act, the Shoal Creek Wilderness Study Area (WSA) is a beautiful roadless area that forms the southern front of the Gros Ventre Range, reaching to the foothills of the Hoback basin.
Wyoming - Shoshone National Forest
State: Wyoming
Region: Northwest Wyoming
Description: The Shoshone National Forest in Northwest Wyoming contains parts of the Absaroka, the Beartooth and the Wind River Ranges and nearly 2.5 million acres of some of the most raw and rugged country in the Lower 48.
Wyoming - Wind
State: Wyoming
Description: Although Wyoming has one of the highest wind power potentials in the U.S., it is important to have an understanding of potential impacts of wind development on affected wildlife in Wyoming. Its geography of high-altitude praries is ideal for both wind development and the habitat of elk and antelope... read more
Wyoming - Wyoming Range
State: Wyoming
Region: Bridger-Teton National Forest
Description: In 2012, the Trust for Public Land, Wyoming Outdoor Council, American Rivers, Citizens for the Wyoming Range, The Wilderness Society, and over 1,000  individuals and organizations worked to raise the $8.75 million to complete a deal with a Texas energy company to buy out all oil and gas leases on 58,000 acres of land in the Hoback. In 2016, the Forest Service released a plan that protects another 40,000 acres from future leasing, and in 2018 the Trust For Public Land aquired leases for another 24,000 acres..... read more