Matching Grant Inspires Conservation Success for Northwest Wyoming

Efforts underway to meet next fundraising goal

Cody | February 25, 2013

Wildlife and landscapes in Wyoming’s Greater Yellowstone area are better protected and preserved thanks to a Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation matching grant. The foundation has provided a matching grant of $1,000,000 over four years. The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming raised the first $250,000, which was matched dollar for dollar by the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation. 

“People in Wyoming are passionate about protecting this iconic place,” says Andrea Erickson-Quiroz, state director of the Conservancy in Wyoming. “This matching grant inspires people to help us do more while stretching their dollars. It’s a win-win for people and nature.” 

Nancy Carroll-Draper was a life-long conservationist and animal advocate. Her greatest passion was the world’s wildlife and ensuring people understand what it takes to protect wildlife. 

She once said, “I had the feeling of being admitted to a place of special beauties. But not just to observe and enjoy but to go forth and tell, show, bring the message that these treasures can so easily vanish if man does not work to preserve this gift, this heritage.” 

Miss Draper’s commitment to conservation is honored through her foundation’s support for the Conservancy’s work in northwest Wyoming. The support is paying off in many ways. 

On the Nature Conservancy’s Heart Mountain Ranch Preserve, funding will help implement and demonstrate outstanding stewardship practices including rangeland management, sustainable grazing and habitat restoration.  The grant will support outreach activities that build broader support for conservation, including use of the new Heart Mountain Trailhead Cabin, a place where people can learn about the geology, cultural significance and the history of Heart Mountain and the surrounding land. 

Funds from the matching grant will also go toward protecting wildlife corridors and crucial habitat to help elk, deer, sage grouse and other Wyoming wildlife thrive. 

“We are grateful to the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation for its incredible commitment to protecting the Greater Yellowstone area,” adds Erickson-Quiroz. “We hope people who love Wyoming like Miss Draper did will consider joining in the matching grant effort.” 

Funds raised before the end of this year will go toward next year’s matching efforts. To learn how to make a matching gift please contact Kelly Jansen at 307-272-9890

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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