Near Point of Rocks in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Oh! "Mama Sage." It seems endless, the sage; the rolling sage-covered Wyoming hills. Sagebrush, the shrub that means survival to the world's largest populations of pronghorn antelope and sage grouse. Blown free of snow by the Wyoming winds, sagebrush is the major winter food for these species, and provides important habitat for a host of small mammals and birds.
The sagebrush deserts of the Great Divide, Green River, Bighorn River and Wind River basins also support large herds of wild, free-ranging mule deer and horses and over 150 other species of wildlife. The only elk herd in Wyoming associated entirely with a sagebrush desert is found immediately north of this area.
There are 13 species of sagebrush in our state. Sagebrush has a deep taproot which enables it to survive in areas with as little as six inches annual precipitation. Sagebrush is a hearty shrub and an able provider for Wyoming's wildlife. That is why Wyoming works so hard to keep her sage-covered ranges productive. "Mama Sage" is a special part of the formula that makes our wildlife – Worth the Watching.
Location. 41° 38.53′ N, 108° 31.923′ W. Marker is near Point of Rocks, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost Touch for map. Marker is located at the eastbound rest area near Mile Marker 144 between Exits 142 and 146. Marker can only be accessed from the eastbound lanes of the freeway. Marker is in this post office area: Point of Rocks WY 82942, United States of America.
More about this marker. The marker, part of the "Wyoming's Wildlife--Worth the Watching" series, is funded in a large part through interest earned from the Wildlife Trust Account.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 312 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 21, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.