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Wyoming agricultural producers can now apply for conservation funds


CASPER, Wyo. — The state of Wyoming, through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will receive an additional $16 million to support the voluntary conservation of private, working lands and migratory big game populations.

The USDA–Wyoming Big Game Conservation Partnership was established to provide producers with the opportunity to simultaneously manage their land for livestock, wildlife and migration corridors.

“Today’s landowners are more than ranchers or farmers, they are key conservation partners,” Game and Fish director Brian Nesvik stated in a press release. “Offering voluntary funding opportunities to landowners to maintain their valuable spaces for wildlife is a recognition of their role in conservation.”

The program will offer producers a variety of funding opportunities they can apply for to meet their unique needs. Producers who are willing can enroll to become part of programs aimed at protecting important habitats and sensitive landscapes.

The Big Game Conservation Program aligns with the work the Game and Fish Department is doing with other partners across the state, including working with landowners to maintain and conserve wildlife habitat through wildlife-friendly fences, wildlife crossings and invasive species control. Last year, the department partnered with others to spend $10.5 million on habitat projects across the state.

People looking to apply or learn more can contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service at their local USDA Service Center or Game and Fish big game migration coordinator Jill Randall at jill.randall@wyo.gov or 307-367-4353.