A new GIS dataset showing locations of wind energy developments throughout the State of Wyoming is now available. Completed as part of a science project to develop spatially explicit seasonal distribution models for sage-grouse in Wyoming, this dataset was compiled and digitized by Fort Collins Science Center GIS specialists Michael O'Donnell (ASRC Management Services) and Tammy Fancher (USGS). The wind turbine data can assist the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and other organizations with making management decisions for species, such as refining Greater Sage-grouse core areas. These data also will be incorporated into planning tools for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative and other wildlife- and habitat-related projects underway at FORT. The dataset includes 777 locations of wind turbines in Wyoming as of August 1, 2009 derived from aerial photographs available through the National Agriculture Imagery Program. For each wind turbine, the dataset provides information about its megawatt potential, size and manufacturing details, land ownership, power owners and users, and operational status.
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