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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Celebrating Conservation in the Cowboy State

HF Bar Ranch (Photo courtesy trib.com)
The guest of honor wore no ten gallon cowboy hat, cowboy boots or even one of those big, shiny belt buckles. What she did do, however, is turn the most heads.

She is the HF Bar Ranch—a beautiful Wyoming landmark located along the face of the Big Horn Mountains and the second oldest guest ranch in the United States. Sunday, August 18, 2013, marked an opportunity for admirers to gather and honor her. More specifically, they came together to celebrate the completion of a conservation easement project by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) that forever protects 2,166 acres of her thriving elk habitat and beautiful landscapes.

Folks from all walks of life attended the celebration including guests representing family, friends and neighbors of HF Bar Ranch; RMEF staff, board and volunteers; TNC and its constituents, funders and supporters of the project; and political representatives. Presenters at the event highlighted the critical importance of protecting the ranch for its outstanding habitat features and its key location along the Rock Creek drainage and adjacency to the Bud Love Wildlife Management Area and Bighorn National Forest lands. The ranch participates in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Walk-in Access Program, and also provides an access easement to the US Forest Service for public to enter National Forest lands beyond its boundary. Ranch owner Margi Schroth received a bronze plaque commemorating the conservation easement, forever marking the conservation milestone.

The easement work, completed in December 2013, pushed RMEF’s conservation efforts in Wyoming alone over the one million acre mark—the only state with such a designation. 

Atta girl HF Bar, you never looked so good!

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