The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with several partners to permanently protect 560 acres of wildlife habitat in the southeast corner of Wyoming. The conservation easement spells out the land will remain agricultural on the Jaw Bone Gulch Ranch that is adjacent to Curt Gowdy State Park.
“I think it benefits the whole state of Wyoming,” Guy Landers, ranch trustee, told the Wyoming Business Report. “People don’t come here to see subdivisions. They come to see wide open spaces.”
The transaction also protects Cheyenne’s drinking water since the property lies between Granite and Crystal Reservoirs, the source of the local water supply.
The ranch is home to mule deer, pronghorn, moose and other wildlife.
In addition to RMEF, funding partners include the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust, Wyoming Game and Fish Department and The Conservation Fund.
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(Photo source: Wyoming Game and Fish Department)