LARAMIE (WNE) — A significant section of agricultural land near Laramie will stay just as it is for generations to come.
Dr. Robert Shine of the All Hat-No Cattle Ranch has partnered with the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT) to place 666.7 acres into a conservation easement, according to a Wednesday news release from the land trust.
The All Hat-No Cattle Ranch is situated along the Laramie River with a panoramic view from Elk Mountain to Rocky Mountain National Park.The ranch is primarily used as hay ground during the summer months and pasture for a small herd of cattle in the winter, according to the release.
In addition to its agricultural use, the property is designated Aquatic Crucial Habitat Priority Area and acts as important habitat for a variety of wildlife and bird species in the area.
“This is a really great project, especially for waterfowl, migratory birds, reptiles and amphibians,” Bob Budd, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust executive director, said in the release.
To help offset the landowner’s direct cost of completing the project, the land trust secured financial assistance through two trusted partners in conservation, the Knobloch Family Foundation and the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust. These funding partners played a significant role in the project.
“The All Hat-No Cattle conservation easement will protect open space and habitat for birds, pronghorn and other wildlife for generations,” Nicole Korfanta, Knobloch Family Foundation executive director, said in the release.
The completion of this project brings the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust’s number of protected acres to 297,021 statewide.
The WSGLT is dedicated to conservation through ranching. Based in Cheyenne, the nonprofit organization serves the entire state and is Wyoming’s only agricultural land trust.