CASPER, Wyo. — The Williams Foundation have donated $10,000 to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s “Access Yes” program. The donation will provide almost 31,000 acres of public land access for Wyoming hunters, anglers and other recreationists.
“This donation comes from the Williams Foundation, through the WYldlife Fund,” Game and Fish said on May 18. “Access Yes is a program that facilitates the partnership between private landowners, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and hunters and anglers to create free public hunting and fishing access on private land and inaccessible public land. These include walk-in fishing and hunting areas, hunter management areas and other Game and Fish public access areas.”
Access Yes funds are used to pay for access easements. These easements provide access to a variety of fishing and hunting opportunities including big game, small game, wild turkey, upland game and migratory game birds, Game and Fish says.
“The $10,000 from the Williams Foundation is an extremely generous donation that will provide nearly 31,000 acres of access which has tremendous positive impacts for hunters and anglers in Wyoming,” said Brian Nesvik, director of Game and Fish. “This organization cares deeply about wildlife and we are grateful for their efforts to go the extra mile to ensure today’s resources are available for future generations.”
Cody Regional Access Coordinator Jordan Winter adds that each dollar provides about 3.1 acres of public access.
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“This donation helps every hunter and angler in Wyoming have increased access opportunities for years to come,” Winter said. “I join the director in offering my thanks and appreciation.”
Access Yes donations can be made online or when people are purchasing licenses.
“Currently there are 58 walk-in fishing areas, 331 walk-in hunting areas and 59 hunter management areas throughout Wyoming,” Game and Fish adds. “In 2019, donations provided more than 2.8 million acres of hunting access on otherwise inaccessible private, state and landlocked public lands and 4,007 lake acres and 89 stream miles were provided for fishing.”
This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.