A Collaborative Partnership
The idea of the Wyoming Conservation Exchange started in the Upper Green River Basin, among landowners who were thinking about ways to be recognized for their stewardship of land and water resources provided by their ranch operations. Initial discussions about how to structure a conservation exchange started among area landowners, Sublette County Conservation District, the Wyoming Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, and the University of Wyoming.
The WCE expands the Upper Green River framework to a statewide level. The Wyoming Stock Growers Association and Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts have both joined the Wyoming Conservation Exchange Advisory Group, the team designing the WCE and have expressed interest in serving on the eventual board of the WCE. Outreach with other stakeholders (potential buyers and sellers and state/federal regulatory agencies) for the WCE is ongoing.
The Wyoming Conservation Exchange Advisory Group meets bi-monthly to fine-tune the design of the WCE and to prepare documents for review by state and federal agencies.
Throughout development of the WCE, the Advisory Group will engage regulatory agencies, the agricultural community, land trusts, non-profits, the scientific community, conservation banks, and development interests to ensure their concerns and issues are taken into account.