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As Executive Director of the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT), Eric Schacht oversees programs, fundraising, finances, and management of one of the largest (by acres conserved) regional land trusts in the United States. Prior to assuming this leadership role at the WSGLT, Eric served as its Conservation Director and lead the acquisition of over 50,000 acres of conservation easement projects and secured more than $12M in project grants. Eric completed his B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2006, and obtained a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management and Geography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2015.
Eric also serves in a couple different capacities for the Society for Range Management – he is the Southeast Council Representative for the WY Section, and is the Chair-Elect for the National Honor Awards Committee.
In his free time, Eric enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife and new baby son, Brooklyn and Carter.
Kaylee oversees all aspects of the WSGLT’s business administration, finances, marketing and communications, and event planning, and assists with fundraising efforts. She has been with the WSGLT for 3 years and previously worked as an Interpretive Ranger for the National Park Service, bringing her cultural preservation experience to help grow the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust and promote the continuation of the ranching lifestyle.
Kaylee was born and raised in Wyoming and is passionate about the Cowboy State and its open spaces. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a minor in History. She’s an avid traveler and has been to 30 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, and Bermuda, with a list of many more to visit. Traveling the world has taught her to appreciate the beauty and wildness of her home state and she’s dedicated to helping keep Wyoming, Wyoming. In her free time, Kaylee enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her son.
Andrew has more than 25 years of experience working to protect Wyoming’s open lands. As a fundraiser, he has extensive experience in membership development, major-gift fundraising, planned-gift fundraising, and campaign development. He also has comprehensive experience in designing and executing conservation-oriented land transactions, including conservation-buyer transactions and conservation easements; tax implications of real-estate transactions, including bargain sales and IRC Section 1031 exchanges; and incorporating charitable elements into conservation-oriented ranch transactions. He is committed to helping conserve Wyoming’s unique natural and agricultural legacy for future generations. Andrew has always enjoyed and appreciated ranch people and ranch life. Although he is a fair horseman, his cowboy skills remain weak.
Andrew received his B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he enjoys horseback riding, skiing, fly-fishing, upland bird hunting, and cycling. Andrew has two adult children.
As WSGLT’s Conservation Director, Tate manages the land trust’s conservation programs, specifically shepherding conservation easement acquisition projects from initial proposal to final closing. Tate has a background in land management, having spent most of his career managing 3.9 million acres of Wyoming state trust land.
Tate spent most of his childhood moving around the country while his father was in the Army. After retiring from military service, his parents bought a small ranch in southeast Colorado where Tate developed a deep passion for agriculture and land management. After attending the University of Wyoming, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management, he called the cowboy state his forever home. Tate is a dedicated family man. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters getting outdoors and taking advantage of the opportunities Wyoming’s natural resources have to offer.