Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I give to the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust?
Agricultural land is at the greatest risk for residential development. The majority of land going into low-density rural development is coming from the sale of “prime” farm and ranchland to residential and commercial developers (Wyoming’s State of the Space). Studies predict that 48 million people will be added to the West’s population by 2050, resulting in 26 million acres of open space being converted to residential and commercial development (American Farmland Trust). The importance of preserving Wyoming’s agricultural heritage cannot be overstated, especially as development moves into critical agricultural land. The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust is leading the charge to conserve this land and its many ancillary benefits.
Conservation of ag land protects important natural resources and wildlife habitats. Conservation easements help ensure that future generations will have access to lands for the production of our food and fiber, that our wildlife will have intact habitats, and that all we will all be able to enjoy Wyoming’s wide open spaces. To learn more about our impact click here.
What makes the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust special?
We are the Cowboy’s State’s first and only Wyoming-based, statewide ag land conservation organization. We focus specifically on conserving ag lands. We maintain a board of directors composed primary of agricultural producers who have first-hand understanding of agriculture and community issues. We are dedicated to conserving Wyoming’s working family ranches and farms and the wide-open spaces, natural habitats, and rural communities they support.
Am I making a difference when I contribute to the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust?
Contributions from individuals, foundations, and businesses keep the organization running so Wyoming’s working lands remain in production. In the last 19 years we have conserved more than 278,000 acres of productive ranchland, thanks to donors like you.
What is the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust commitment to our investors and donors?
The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust is committed to the highest standards of transparency and fiscal responsibility. Our financial records are audited annually by an independent CPA firm. A snapshot of our financials can be seen in our Annual Reports.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the the Land Trust Alliance, has recognized the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust with its accreditation seal for meeting rigorous national standards for excellence, upholding the public trust, and enduring that conservation efforts are permanent.
Can I choose what my gift is for?
Yes. We would be happy to speak to you more about different options for directing your donation.