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We’ve been instrumental in the conservation of unique landscapes through Wyoming and Colorado.
Owning a ranch comes with the obligation of good stewardship of the resources that land provides. The importance of conservation and land stewardship that private ranches bring to the ecosystem of the Rockies can never be understated. Having been raised on the land, we know the importance of ranches and can bring that knowledge to our clients and customers. These organizations can help you assess and protect the ranchland you’re interested in buying or selling.
Conservation Easement Information
Owning a ranch comes with the obligation of good stewardship of the resources that land provides. The importance of conservation and land stewardship that private ranches bring to the ecosystem of the Rockies can never be understated. Having been raised on the land, we know the importance of ranches and can bring that knowledge to our clients and customers. These organizations can help you assess and protect the ranchland you’re interested in buying or selling. We’ve been instrumental in the conservation of unique landscapes through Wyoming and Colorado. To learn more about our work with conservation easements, follow these links: Double A Ranch, Eshelman CE Article.
For an informative summary of what constitutes a conservation easement, please refer to Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust for an informative description.
What is a conservation easement?
Conservation easements are a voluntary agreement that allows a landowner to limit the type or amount of development on their property while retaining private ownership of the land. There are tax deductions available to the land owner for this gift of an easement to the non-profit land trust. The land owner can discuss just how much they want to give up in the way of rights with the property that are given to the land trust. It is a way to ensure the open spaces and ecosystems that ranch land provides in perpetuity, still fully utilize the land save the restrictions imposed by the easement and still realize the tax benefits. To discover more on conservation easements and the benefits they provide to ranch owners, review the links below. We can discuss with you the operational considerations and value implications based on our years of experience with conservation easements.
The Nature Conservancy works with landowners to safeguard native plants and animals and their habitats. Landowners work with TNC to create conservation easements — a voluntary, permanent agreement conveying a portion of their development rights.
The Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust (WSGALT) is dedicated to ensuring the continuation of economically viable and agriculturally sustainable Wyoming farms and ranches and to help conserve natural habitats and open spaces for the benefit of agricultural producers and the community.
Press Release for Double A Ranch
Eshelman CE Article
UW Sells Laramie Area Ranch
Landowner Tools & Assistance
Western United Realty LLC endorses the idea of wise, sustainable use of both public and private ranch lands. We believe that in order to get the most out of the land you are buying or selling, it is crucial that you understand the land and practice conservation.
Private lands in Wyoming are vital to open space and wildlife, as evidenced by the large group of collaborators involved in the Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative The Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources has a variety of programs to help and benefit private land owners and ranchers. Private lands are key open spaces in the west that we all enjoy. These lands produce food and fiber, provide wildlife habitat and migration corridors, protect rivers and streams, connect landscapes, and more. But the continued pressure of agricultural land prices driven up by amenity and development values, and difficulty recruiting younger generations to ranch life, all put pressure on landowners to sell to non-traditional ranch owners. Private landowners need tools, information, and resources to keep agricultural operations viable, manage intergenerational ownership transfers, interact effectively with public lands and resources, and prepare for the future.
To further their work, the Haub School’s William D. Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, has created a position of Fellow, Whitney MacMillan Program in Private Lands Management in the West. To quote UW: “The Private Lands Management Fellow will support private landowners with tools for sustaining working landscapes, such as sound financial management and intergenerational transfer, emerging markets such as conservation banks, and collaboration with federal, state, and private land managers……. The Fellow will help to create a new program on private lands management in the Ruckelshaus Institute to complement existing research and outreach, including the long-running Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative.” The initiative has long list of partners that Wyoming Ranchers are familiar with, including UW Ag Extension and the Wyoming Stock Growers.
Take a moment to visit the included web site links and learn what tools are available to help keep Wyoming’s working landscapes in open space for future generations.
Hunting & Fishing
There’s no question when it comes to hunting and fishing in the west, Wyoming, and Colorado, among other western states are home to the nation’s biggest game and best fishing rivers.
As avid outdoorsmen, we know the best attributes to look for in a sporting ranch. Spending time on the land and knowing what the ranch can offer will enhance the ownership experience. Owning a ranch will give you plenty of opportunity to enjoy your favorite outdoor pastime. And the experience in the western ranch lifestyle, a lifestyle that provides the quiet, solitude you can’t find anywhere else. Finding a Wyoming hunting ranch, Wyoming fishing property, Colorado hunting property or Colorado fishing ranch takes a special expertise. Our lifetime of these activities will aid you in finding the best.
When looking for a revenue source on a ranch for sale, outfitted hunting and fishing is perhaps one of the largest revenue streams. We have ready access to several of the top outfitters or private clubs to lease the property, provide excellent wildlife management and the needed revenue. Please contact James Rinehart for more information.
Please remember to keep our youth involved in outdoor activities and hunting and fishing. A good source of information can be found at Young Hunters: When and How to Get Children Started.
- Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative Wyomingites have demonstrated a desire for healthy, open landscapes, vibrant communities, and growing economies. The Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative is a long-term project designed to support working landscapes for agriculture, wildlife, and sustainable communities through applied research, information, education, and community-based decision making.
- The Nature Conservancy works with landowners to safeguard native plants and animals and their habitats. Landowners work with us to create conservation easements — a voluntary, permanent agreement conveying a portion of their development rights. The landowner retains ownership while realizing significant tax benefits, and is better able to keep family land intact for future generations. They also acquire important habitat, either by purchase or donation, and then provide stewardship according to a scientifically developed plan. Land acquisition projects encourage visitors and, in most cases, accommodate traditional land uses such as livestock grazing.
- Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust Organization dedicated to Wyoming’s ranching and farming heritage. Goal is to provide agriculture landowners with land conservation options to enhance their business planning to remain productive and independent today, and better prepared to pass on their tradition to future generations.
- Bureau of Land Management Wyoming
- Wyoming Game & Fish
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife
- Wyoming State Engineer-Wyoming Water Rights
- Beef.org – Organizational site of the beef industry with helpful cattle related subjects.
- Wyoming Department of Agriculture
- United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development
- Wyoming History. Great information on the colourful history of Wyoming.