Conservation Almanac




Wyoming Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs


Highlighted State Programs


State Policy Framework



To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

Local Conservation Programs Include:

    Laramie County, WY

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2013 39.0 $1,600,000
2011 1.2 $6,500
2009 19.4 $162,620
2008 10.8 $1,451
2007 13.5 $19,808
2006 1.2 $19,728
2005 1.6 $145,285
2004 45.8 $15,276
2002 0.5 $24,310
Totals 133.0 $1,994,978

Highlighted State Programs

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

With partial funding from hunting and license fees, the Wyoming Department of Fish and Game acquires and leases property as natural areas, wildlife habitat, winter range or public access for hunting and fishing. Between 1998 and 2008, the Department of Fish and Game has been limited in its ability to acquire land due to lack of funding.

2013 7,066.0 $0
2012 3,647.0 $3,175,988
2010 80.0 $10,000
2009 0.9 $9,750
2008 1,035.4 $1,558,868
2007 6,774.4 $0
2004 34.7 $323,388
2003 640.7 $398,892
2002 6.0 $16,000
2001 5.0 $12,475
Total19,290.1 $5,505,361

Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust

The Wyoming Legislature created the Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust (WWNRT) in 2005. The programís mission is to enhance and conserve wildlife habitat and natural resource values throughout the state. The Trust is funded by interest earned on a permanent account, donations, and legislative appropriations. Nearly $2,000,000.00 in private funding has been contributed to the program since 2006 from nearly 40 different contributors.

The Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust is an independent agency guided by a nine-member citizen board. Since its inception in 2005, the WWNRT has funded more than 700 projects with nearly 120 different partners. Nearly $58 million has been allocated from WWNRT funds, with a total project value on the ground in excess of $343 million. Every dollar spent by the WWNRT is matched on average with $6 from other sources.

Funds may only be granted to non-profit and governmental organizations, however they may participate with for-profit entities provided there is no allocation of financial resources to any for-profit entity. Funds may be used for planning, development, and monitoring programs at the sole discretion of the Board. A 25 percent match is required.

2015 0.0 $2,535,038
2014 0.0 $1,751,200
2013 0.0 $600,000
2012 0.0 $3,138,171
2011 0.0 $55,000
2010 0.0 $1,675,800
2009 0.0 $1,435,400
2008 0.0 $3,521,404
2007 0.0 $1,127,690
2006 873.0 $535,000
Total873.0 $16,374,703

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

Enable Local Financing

State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.