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Jessica was born in Victoria, Texas and spent her childhood on a cattle ranch in central New Mexico, where she first began to understand the relationships that exist between the land and those who steward the land. She graduated from high school in Comfort, Texas and was drawn to pursue a degree in range management at Texas Tech University, where she broadened her understanding of stewardship, agriculture and conservation. She holds a M.S. in Range Science and a B.S. in Range Management from Texas Tech University. Her M.S. research focused on prescribed summer fire and grazing management in the Northern Great Plains.
Prior to joining WSGLT, Jessica was the policy director and a policy associate for the Western Landowners Alliance. She served as a policy advisor for former Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, a position she held for over four years. Jessica has also worked as a policy analyst for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, as a technician for the Agricultural Research Service and as an instructor at Northwest College in Powell, WY. Much of her work has focused on natural resource management with an emphasis on keeping working lands intact and economically viable across varied land ownerships. Jessica has experience working closely with landowners, federal partners, state agencies, local governments and non-governmental organizations to develop policy and management of natural resources to benefit Wyoming citizens and Wyoming landscapes.
Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors – riding horses, gardening, fishing, hiking and traveling – with her husband Jason and their daughter Adelynn.
Kaylee oversees all aspects of the WSGLT’s business administration and finances, and assists with event planning. She has been with the WSGLT for 4 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 husband and kids.
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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.
Ranchland Stewardship Assistant
As the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust’s Ranchland Stewardship Assistant, Cidney is responsible for monitoring all easements on an annual basis. Cidney’s background is in forest management, ecological restoration, and monitoring state trust lands in Colorado. Cidney attended Colorado State University and obtained a B.S. in Natural Resources Management and a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Stewardship, specializing in Ecological Restoration.
Cidney grew up in Colorado with a very outdoor oriented family and would spend her summers on her family’s farm in Paonia, Colorado. These experiences have helped shape her ideology of utilizing conservation as a tool in the preservation of ranching communities. She is ecstatic to be working for an organization that is focused on agriculture, conservation, and communities in the beautiful state of Wyoming. In her free time, Cidney enjoys spending time with her partner and small household zoo. Cidney also likes to keep busy with various projects. Her newest project is learning how to spin the 30 pounds of alpaca fiber she has accumulated.
As the Engagement Coordinator, Sarah is responsible for the land trust’s marketing and communication efforts and will assist with fundraising for the organization. Prior to joining the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust Sarah worked in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. During her time at UW Sarah had the opportunity to travel across the State meeting many wonderful people, becoming familiar with the state’s agricultural industry and landscapes.
Originally from Durango, CO Sarah moved to Wyoming in 2011 to attend the University of Wyoming, graduating with a degree in Agricultural Business. Sarah has an appreciation for continuing education, especially in the Ag Industry, and is a Wyoming LEAD, Class 14 Alumni member. In her free time, you can find Sarah enjoying time outdoors hiking and gardening, doing beadwork, creating something or travelling all over to see family and friends.