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Eric Schacht

Eric Schacht

Executive Director

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 Madigan

Kaylee Madigan

Office Manager

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 fiance and kids.

 

Tate Smith

Tate Smith

Conservation Director

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.

Cidney Handy

Cidney Handy

Ranchland Stewardship Assistant

As the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust’s Ranchland Stewardship Assistant, Cidney is responsible for monitoring all 102 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.

Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust

113 East 20th Street
PO Box 268
Cheyenne, WY 82003
P 307.772.8751 • email

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