Conserving land for agriculture, both crops and livestock, is important to the preservation of farming, and the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust has been hard at work on that effort for some time. Recently, the group announced a milestone when it completed its 100th conservation project. The latest effort was completed in partnership with The Conservation Fund.
Located in Sublette County, Wyo., the project was transferred to the land trust in February and shows how two organizations can work together. In a release announcing the project, Dan Schlager, Wyoming state director for The Conservation Fund, noted that in working with the land trust and ranching families, the fund accomplishes many things: “We protect a family’s ranching heritage for future generations and conserve critical habitat for Wyoming’s spectacular wildlife species that depend upon the ranch’s open spaces. We’re grateful to the many ranching families we’ve worked with for their vision, to WSGLT for our long-term strategic alliance, and to all of our partners and funders for the effectiveness of our collaboration.”
This program highlights the benefits of the partnership. The Conservation Fund is driven to make conservation work by creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, including acquiring conservation easements that preserve both habitat and ranching traditions. The organization then transfers the easements to local land trusts to hold and steward the land into the future. The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust has partnered with The Conservation Fund for more than 10 years, and worked on more than 20 projects with the organization.
Added Bo Alley, the land trust’s executive director: “Over the past 18 years, the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust has developed strong partnerships and trust among the Wyoming agricultural community. This milestone is a testament to those efforts.”