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Jackson Hole Star Tribune: Land trust buys ranch easement

From staff and wire reports Wednesday, June 27, 2007
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PINEDALE — The Green River Valley Land Trust announced this week it raised $1.2 million to buy a conservation easement on 873 acres of the Murdock family ranch northwest of Pinedale.

The money came from more than 100 individuals and families from Sublette County, the state and country, as well as Ultra Resources Inc., Shell Exploration and Production Co., and Questar Market Resources. Those three companies are major natural gas players on the nearby Pinedale Anticline.

Contributions also came from The Nature Conservancy of Wyoming, the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Tom Thorne Sage Grouse Conservation Fund and several private foundations, according to the land trust.

In a news release, representatives of the energy companies said the easement will provide “immediate benefits to the wildlife that will remain intact long after oil and gas development is complete.”

Since 2000, the land trust has worked with more than 35 families to conserve nearly 20,000 acres of working ranchland, wildlife habitat and open space in Sublette County. Conservation easements preclude development of open spaces.

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