Easement placed in Unita County on Black's Fork River Ranch
Total acreage under easement with ag land trust surpasses 100,000 acres
The Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust recently placed a conservation easement on Black's Fork River Ranch near Evanston. This marks WSGALT's first easement in Unita County. The property under easement spans just under 500 acres and plays an integral part of the cow-calf operation, encompassing the base and headquarters of the ranch.
Rancher Ken Ward says, "I am pleased to have worked with WSGALT on this proposal, and we will certainly be sharing our favorable experience with other like-minded ranchers in the Bridger Valley."
Several factors make this ranch an important project for WSGALT. With high scenic values and land visible from two public roads, this easement now ensures an unaffected viewshed. With property fronting the Black's Fork River, the ranch also supports a number of wildlife species. In addition, the property is located in an area feeling the pressures of residential development due to its proximity to major roadways, Evanston, the Salt Lake City region, and the Wasatch National Forest.
WSGALT Executive Director, Pamela Dewell, expressed her appreciation to the Ward family for their donated easement. "We are very happy to accept the donation of our first Unita County conservation easement. As an agricultural land trust, we are especially interested in working with landowners who value production. We believe that working lands provide us with the wide open spaces that we value so much in Wyoming. In addition to maintaining land in our ranching culture, a working landscape provides us with beautiful views and important habitat for wildlife."
During the last weeks of December, four donated easements brought the total of land in conservation easements held by WSGALT to 106,284 acres. The other three donated easements are in Carbon County.
WSGALT is dedicated to conserving Wyoming's working family farms and ranches and the wide open spaces, natural habitats, and western lifestyle they support. For more information you can call 307-772-8751 or visit www.wsgalt.org.