Sommers-Grindstone is a multi-component project designed to protect and improve habitat for a variety of wildlife species, including pronghorn and sage-grouse. The project components include:
- Acquisition of a conservation easement on approximately 7,600 acres of private land.
- Acquisition and development of public fishing access for foot and boat travel on approximately 4.5 miles of the Green River.
- Conveyance of mineral rights to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and possibly other entities for protection.
- Development of a conservation agreement to protect existing sagebrush communities and provide for the modification of fences.
Benefits to agriculture include capital infusion into the livestock operation, provides financial freedom to pass the ranch down to a younger generation of ranchers and preserves the ranch in a state that will allow ranching and wildlife to remain on the landscape.
This project was co-funded with JIO funds.