Women aid conservation in Wyoming

By Kiley Carroll
The Sheridan Press

 

SHERIDAN — The Nature Conservancy has been a leader in preserving Wyoming’s environment for 30 years. The time, effort, blood and sweat of staff, fueled by passion for the past three decades, has protected more than 1 million acres and 1,500 river miles with the help of partners across the state.

“Our program looks nothing like it once did when it started,” said Erica Wood, associate director of development. “We’ve expanded on our foundations of conservation and land protection and we’ve really found our niche in the community to fill the needs of our partners the best we can.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive, according to the organization’s website. The mission of the organization is to “conserve the land and waters on which all life depends,” the website continues. “Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.”

As The Nature Conservancy celebrates three decades in Wyoming, current staff of the Sheridan sector look back at the roots of the organization. Wood and Northeast Wyoming Program Director Carli Kierstead maintain they owe Sally Morton tribute to the success they’ve seen locally.

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