Wyoming Grasslands: Take a Closer Look

Wyoming Grasslands: Take a Closer Look

See the stunning results from a three-year photographic journey to take a closer look at Wyoming's grasslands and why they matter.

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“There’s nothing out here!” That’s what some visitors hurrying along I-80 say about our state’s vast, wide-open spaces. It’s easy at first glance to see Wyoming’s prairies and plains as empty and forlorn. But those of us who love these places know better.

We know open lands protect our drinking water, support working farms and ranches that feed us, and harbor valuable wildlife habitat . And, of course, we love those spectacular uninterrupted views!

Drawing attention to our often forgotten, critically important and beautiful lands is the reason for Wyoming Grasslands , a photographic collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and photographers Michael Berman and William Sutton.

The photographers spent three years traversing Wyoming, capturing several properties with conservation easements stewarded by the Conservancy.

From residential development that fragments open lands into 10- or 40-acre lots, to energy development that affects wildlife and bird migrations, the photographers saw the myriad threats to these fragile places and captured it all.

“The reality of this viewing experience can be transformative; their photographs activate our senses and leave no emotions, or sensations, untouched,” says Frank Goodyear, a Conservancy trustee who spearheaded the photography project.

Wyoming is still home to some of North America’s last unbroken stretches of grasses and open spaces—and the unique opportunity to protect them now before it’s too late.


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