- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

KEMMERER, Wyo. (AP) - More than 2,000 acres of land in Lincoln County is being protected from development for its agricultural and wildlife values.

A conservation easement has been worked out to protect the Buck Ranch by landowner Karen Buck and the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust.

The easement keeps the ranch from being turned into a housing development that would have harmed a variety of habitats, including the riparian corridor straddling the Hams Fork River watershed.

The Buck Ranch is located on or near migration corridors for moose, mule deer and pronghorn and there is one sage grouse lek on the property.

The easement allows the ranch to be used for agriculture purposes.

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