Tongue River splash
Tongue River Tongue River © Justin Sheely

Stories in Wyoming

Healthy Waters

Protect and Preserve Wyoming Waters

The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming has long been known for conserving land, but our work doesn’t stop there. Not only does the protection of land often result in the protection of nearby waterways, we are also actively conserving and restoring rivers, streams and wetlands across the state.


Wyoming holds the headwaters of the Colorado, Missouri and Columbia Rivers, as well as the Great Salt Lake. Yet, across the west, the demand for clean and abundant water – for drinking, irrigation, wildlife and recreation --  has never been more pressing.


That’s why The Nature Conservancy is hard at work preserving and restoring Wyoming’s streams, rivers and wetlands.

  • On the Tongue River in Sheridan County we are working with our partners and generous volunteers to improve water quality, decrease erosion and rejuvenate wetlands, which help filter runoff before it enters the Yellowstone River.
  • Along the Shoshone River our crews are replacing invasive tamarisk and Russian olive trees with native, drought-tolerant plants that will be better suited to the drier, warmer conditions brought on by a changing climate.
  • On the Popo Agie River, we’re working in partnership with the Fremont County community to implement a long term plan to improve water quantity and quality issues on the Middle Fork.
  •  We are working with private landowners to safeguard more than 16,000 acres of ranch land, and more than six miles of the Greybull River.
  • On the Upper Green River we have partnered with the Town of Pinedale to support restoration projects along Pine Creek.

And that is only a snapshot of our water work around the state.


To meet the demands of conservation, we need your help.  Your support of our conservation efforts allows us to  be a powerful force in preserving a legacy of healthy waters in our great state for which we are deeply grateful.

Make a donation today.