Casper College is scheduled to host a sage grouse habitat restoration workshop conducted by the University of Wyoming Reclamation and Center (WRRC), March 26-27.

The workshop will focus on methods to  improve existing sage grouse habitats and sagebrush areas affected by the cheatgrass invasion, fire, and drought.

Researchers, practitioners, consultants, wildlife biologists, representatives from various agencies, and ranchers will be in attendance to discuss the factors affecting sage grouse.

According to the Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming is home to 54 percent of the greater sage grouse population in the U.S.

Room 160 of the McMurry Career Studies Building Room on the Casper College campus will house the workshop presentations. Listed below are the presentations that will be given by UW faculty members and one graduate student. The workshop is $20 and the deadline for registration is March 25. For more information contact WRRC Assistant Director, Calvin Strom at (307) 766-5432 or email cstrom@uwyo.edu.

-- Jay Norton, associate professor of soil science, presents “Soil Issues and Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration,” March 26, 9:15 a.m.

-- Kristina Hufford, assistant professor of restoration ecology, presents “Seed Issues and Seed Sourcing in Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration,” March 26, 9:45 a.m.

-- Calvin Strom presents “Planting Methods and Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration,” March 26, 2:30 p.m.

-- Jeff Beck, associate professor of wildlife habitat restoration ecology, presents “Sage Grouse Habitat Requirements,” March 27, 9:15 a.m.

-- Kurt Smith, graduate student in wildlife habitat restoration, presents “Techniques for Sage Grouse Habitat Improvement,” March 27, 1:30 p.m.