- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

SUNDANCE, Wyo. (AP) - A landowner is protecting almost 2,000 acres in Crook County for agriculture use.

Landowner Jackie Griffith agreed to a conservation easement on the Wood Ranch donated in part to the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust.

The project complements two completed conservation easements in Crook County held by the Stock Growers Land Trust.

The Wood Ranch conservation easement ensures the ranch’s compatibility with agriculture and prevents the ranch from being converted to non-agricultural uses in the future.

The Wood Ranch was founded in 1895 by Jacob Wood and remained in the Wood family for many generations.

Griffith purchased the land from the Wood family in 2000.

Wood Ranch is situated in the Bear Lodge Mountains and is nestled in the Beaver Creek Valley.

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