SGI Featured Friend: Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust
January 8, 2015
The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust has worked with 57 families to complete 77 conservation easements totaling more than 204,000 acres of productive ranch land. Almost half of these acres are within sage grouse core areas.
Wyoming has more sage grouse than any other state. Executive Director Pam Dewell stresses that “stakes are high” when it comes to securing the private lands they depend on in a timely manner. Many elk, mule deer and other wildlife also rely on sagebrush private and public lands together to meet their needs.
The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.