News April 11, 2019

Pinedale Area Wetlands Proposed

by Jackson Hole Radio News

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will hold a public meeting to discuss potential renovations to existing wetlands at the Soda Lake Wildlife Habitat Management Area five miles north of Pinedale. The Game and Fish, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, is considering a plan to restore the existing wetland complex that has lost most of its open water habitat and become largely non-functioning for waterfowl and other wildlife that depend on wetland habitat. The wetlands were first created in 1988 as an enhancement of naturally-existing wetlands. The current plan would restore and create a series of six ponds, each with its own water control structure. An associated water management plan would allow for better water control and flexibility. Some ponds would provide breeding and stop-over habitat, while other ponds would be periodically drained, allowing for vegetation to grow up and then be flooded again, providing and abundance of food for waterfowl and other wildlife. It is also planned to include a renovated viewing blind and interpretive nature trail to compliment the area. The restored wetland complex would again be available for waterfowl hunting in the fall. The public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24th at the Game and Fish office in Pinedale.


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