mule deer file

Mule deer stand against the snowy landscape of the High Plains Research Station on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, west of Cheyenne. Similar in appearance to their cousin, the white-tailed deer, mule deer are larger and have a black tip on their white tail, according to Rocky Mountain National Park experts. Wyoming Tribune Eagle/file

CHEYENNE – Adding to the 34,000 acres of conserved land in Laramie County, a ranch directly adjacent to Curt Gowdy State Park has entered into a conservation easement that protects wildlife habitats, water quality and 560 acres of agricultural land.

With the conservation easement, the land at the Jaw Bone Gulch Ranch will remain agricultural and cannot be developed, even if it is sold in the future. Guy Landers, a trustee of the ranch, said the easement not only conserves water quality, but also has benefits for the agriculture and tourism industries in the state.

Margaret Austin is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s local government reporter. She can be reached at maustin@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3152. Follow her on Twitter @MargaretMAustin.

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