Bridger-Teton National Forest Wind River Range

The Bridger-Teton National Forest, just southeast of Jackson, Wyoming, encompasses an astounding 3.4 million acres of land.  The jagged peaks of the snow-capped mountains create a dramatic landscape emblematic of the American West.  As part of the 18 million-acre Greater… Read More

Budd Ranches, Inc. Budd Ranch

The Fund helped with the conservation and expansion of one of the oldest operating ranches held by one family located near the town of Big Piney in the Green River Valley. Budd Ranches, Inc. is owned and managed by fourth generation… Read More

Upper Green River Valley Initiative cattle ranch

The Conservation Fund and a host of partners launched the Upper Green River Valley Initiative in 2008 to conserve and enhance key wildlife habitat and agricultural lands in the region. To date, we have worked with numerous public and private… Read More

Support For Wyoming Family Ranches And The Sage Grouse greater sage grouse

Greater sage-grouse populations have significantly declined throughout their range, including Wyoming, where 54% of the world’s remaining sage grouse can be found. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently considering listing the species as endangered under the Endangered Species… Read More

Protecting The “Path Of The Pronghorn” In Wyoming Pronghorn antelope running

Out West, few animals are as famous as the pronghorn antelope. First celebrated by explorers Lewis and Clark, the pronghorn is graceful and swift, with a top running speed of about 55 miles per hour—surpassed on land only by the… Read More

Cottonwood Ranches Rancher on a horse at Cottonwood Ranches

Western ranchland is disappearing and with it important wildlife habitat. Partnerships between government agencies, willing ranchers and conservation groups are increasingly important to the future of this habitat. Cottonwood Ranches, a working cattle ranch owned by the Botur family, is… Read More

Gooseberry Creek Conservation Project Elk in Yellowstone National Park

The Gooseberry Creek Conservation Project is among the first large-scale, watershed-based voluntary conservation initiatives in Wyoming and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Yellowstone National Park and surrounding national forest lands are considered the largest functioning ecosystem in the lower forty-eight states. The… Read More

Saving a Family Ranch in Wyoming Freddie Botur with his horse

By Luke Lynch, Wyoming State Director The first time I met Freddie, he had just convinced his aging father to pull their family’s cattle ranch off the market. Listening to real estate developers talk about massive subdivisions on his pristine… Read More

Carney Ranch (CRC Ranch) Pronghorn antelope running

Carney Ranch forms the most important piece of the Path of the Pronghorn’s “Funnel Bottleneck” for pronghorn antelope migrating from as far north as Grand Teton National Park. The property features the only bottleneck occurring on private lands—and the most… Read More

North Platte River Fly fishing

As part of an effort to provide additional recreational access along the North Platte River in southeastern Wyoming, The Conservation Fund worked with its partners to protect 275 acres along the famed Gray Reef reach, including over three-fourths of a… Read More


Luke Lynch, Wyoming State Director
Luke Lynch Jackson, WY
(307) 733-2360

Wyoming State Director Luke Lynch conserves family ranches, ensures that energy development brings good conservation outcomes, and collaborates to save the best of the west. From backcountry skiing to fly-fishing, Luke is often found outdoors even when he’s off work. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College.