CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust has been transferred the conservation easement for a 15,000-acre ranch in Sublette County for preservation.

The organization acquired the North Cottonwood Ranch conservation easement from The Conservation Fund last week.

The ranch is located south of Merna, which is west of Daniel. It is near several previously conserved ranches with easements held by the Stock Growers Land Trust.

The ranch has nearly 20 miles of streams, 16 reservoirs and three different types of wetlands.

It provides habitat and unencumbered migration corridors for Wyoming wildlife. The eastern part of the ranch is located within the Daniel Core Sage Grouse Area.

Stock Growers Land Trust executive director Bo Alley says Sublette County has been a shining example of the coexistence of ranching, energy development and conservation.