Wyoming is a vast landscape, sensual, mysterious, and unique. From jagged peaks rising above verdant valleys, to steamy vapors shared between river and sky, no two places are the same. Wyoming is a place where grasslands give way to sagebrush oceans, where mountains continue to rise, and wildlife thrive. This land is home to some of the greatest herds of large animals - bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, mule deer - and one of the richest assemblages of species in North America. Wyoming is a landscape rich in human heritage, a place where hope rides the range as regularly as the cowboy.
To maintain this legacy, The Wyoming Legislature created the Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust in 2005. Funded by interest earned on a permanent account, donations and legislative appropriation, the purpose of the program is to enhance and conserve wildlife habitat and natural resource values throughout the state. Any project designed to improve wildlife habitat or natural resource values is eligible for funding.
The Widlife and Natural Resource Trust is an independent state agency governed by a nine-member citizen board appointed by the Governor. Legislative oversight is guided by a select committee of six members, three each from the House and Senate The office located in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Beginning with the first allocation of project dollars in June 2006, the WWNRT has evaluated 619 applications (nearly 90 per year) and funded 446 projects in all 23 counties of the state. Nearly $49 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 $6.00 from other sources, and WWNRT projects maintain agricultural operations, conservation businesses, and other job-producing enterprises, including the tourism industry. More than 80 separate entities have received funding from the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust program. The greatest number of projects funded have been sponsored by conservation districts, programs that are guided by local people.
According to Board Chairman Delaine Roberts, "What we do is pretty simple. We help people do the right things for their own communities. We build the future of Wyoming - one little town, one little creek at a time. We let people dream, and in Wyoming, big dreams make things happen."
Please click here to view the most recent version of the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust's annual report.
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