The Nature Conservancy Sells Sheep Mountain to BLM
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Wyoming is pleased to announce the sale of Sheep Mountain to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The property sits just west of Cody, between the north and south forks of the Shoshone River.
“The Nature Conservancy has long been committed to this deal because it will ensure public access to the land for recreation, hiking, horseback riding, and hunting,” said Abby Scott, who manages TNC’s Northwest Wyoming programs.
In addition to recreation, the land provides crucial winter range for bighorn sheep, elk and deer and connects critical habitat between the north and south forks of the river for many species. Grizzly bears, raptors, and many other species use habitat on the mountain. Plus, several unique plants are native to the area, including Shoshonea, Absaroka beardtongue, Absaroka biscuitroot, and Aromatic pussytoes.
TNC purchased Sheep Mountain in 2000 with the intention of conducting a land exchange with the BLM. But for more than two decades, many obstacles stood in the way. So, this week’s sale ensures continued public access, and limits any future subdivision or residential development, and retains the land’s agricultural status – all critical objectives for TNC and the BLM.
"We want to see this property remain as it has been for generations” adds Scott. “ It’s an amazing place that draws both locals and visitors seeking recreation and hunting opportunities, as well as providing excellent wildlife habitat and grazing leases for local landowners.”
TNC will use proceeds from the sale to advance conservation opportunities that benefit both people and nature across Wyoming.
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