Stories in Wyoming

30th Anniversary


Wyoming Young girl shows her Wyoming pride on top of a snow-capped peak. © Richner Wes

In the beginning there were handshakes. Trust was earned one relationship at a time. Ranchlands & wild places were saved, acre by acre, and a vision began to form.

Wyoming 30 Years Wild and Working Logo
© Julie Cornia

30 Years of Conservation in Wyoming

On nature’s timeline, 30 years might seem like the blink of an eye.  But for conservation in Wyoming, three decades have been momentous. Since 1989, we have protected more than 1 million acres and 1,500 river miles with our partners across the state.

With your help, today we are protecting Wyoming’s lands and waters in ways that were unimaginable 30 years ago.

From our Heart Mountain Ranch Preserve and Sweetwater River to the Thunder Basin, and in so many more special places, we have created a tangible legacy in Wyoming. Take a moment to look back on some of the greatest conservation wins you helped us achieve in our 30th Anniversary Timeline below.

Over the years, TNC—and the mission of conservation—has evolved. Today we work on large landscapes and whole ecosystems—conserving wildlife migration routes and entire river systems. We’re pushing the boundaries of science, forming bigger partnerships and taking more risks. Through our Wild and Working campaign, we’re protecting and restoring healthy waters, conserving resilient lands and building a powerful conservation constituency.

Most importantly, we’re growing our ranks of passionate supporters, like you, as the stakes continue to rise for Wyoming’s natural world.  Thank you for standing with us as we build a state where nature and people thrive.

Celebrate 30 Years with Us

To celebrate our anniversary, we’re hosting nature festivities across the state.  Learn how you can get involved in volunteer days and other fun activities.  Not able to join us at one of our events? Plan your own visit to one of our preserves and experience our work up close and personal.  You can also donate to TNC in Wyoming and invest in a future where nature and people thrive.

Quote: Dick Davis

At first, nobody in the state knew anything about TNC...We really had to win our spurs and prove to people we were a cooperative outfit.

One of TNC in Wyoming's Founding Board Members

To scroll through the timeline, simply click and drag to navigate to the left or right.