A Wyoming landowner has agreed to a plan that protects a historic stock rest in the northern part of the state, near the Big Horn Mountains. Rancher Bruce Pheasant of Kaycee, signed a conservation easement to protect a grassy valley known to his family and to hundreds others who drive livestock for a living. The valley is known as Beartrap Meadows, near the headwaters of Beartrap Creek. Livestock owners and producers in the region rely on the meadows as a stopover during long drives, and more than 20,000 head of cattle and sheep move through there annually. The owner completed the easement after working with several land trusts, and with representatives from state and federal agencies. Fishing is still allowed at the meadows, thanks to a separate agreement Pheasant worked out with the Wyoming Game and Fish Dept.
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Photo Credit: Matt Wells, Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust