Wyoming, Fremont County
The property is or will be encumbered by a conservation easement as described below.
The Winchester Ranch consists of approximately 2270 acres, with ~1000 in hay production/pasture and ~1270 in rangeland. Bull Lake Creek (~1 mi.) and the Wind River (~4 mi.), two important freshwater resources are both located on the property.
Primary Conservation Objective
The Conservancy will sell the Wincheser Ranch subject to a reserved conservation easement. The Conservancy has a strong preference of selling the property to one of the WAGON program participants nominated by the WAGON board.
The Winchester Ranch has many unique biological aspects, including the last stretch of uncontrolled stream on Wind River before diversion for the extensive Midvale Irrigation project. This section of river is highly dynamic, with a large intact cottonwood forest, and a series of islands and sandbars that provide isolated habitat for a variety of plant and animal species. The hydrologic aspects of the river, and its constant ebb and flow, make the habitats incredibly diverse and attractive to a rich mix of species. Between the sandy portions of Wind River and the steep, rocky tributary of Bull Lake Creek, riverine habitat diversity on this property is spectacular, and leads to an array of wildlife and plant diversity.
Qualifications and Restrictions
Agricultural operations will continue. No subdivision and limited building are permitted.