Building on a foundation of rich natural resources, the Sweetwater River Conservancy strives to protect and enhance wyoming wildlife, its habitat and open spaces while delivering Wyoming's business community innovative new tools to facilitate responsible development.
Sweetwater River. Just the name evokes images of the remote watershed making its beginnings atop the Continental Divide near South Pass, Wyoming. It runs 238 miles before emptying into the North Platte River and, eventually, the Atlantic Ocean. Its waters were a source of reprieve for early day pioneers traveling the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer and Pony Express trails through “Sweetwater Country.” As rich in American history as it is natural resources, Sweetwater Country is home to important national treasures like Independence Rock and Devils Gate.
Located amidst central Wyoming’s Granite Mountains, “Sweetwater Country” is a vast expanse of sagebrush-covered prairie accented with interesting geographical features and resource-rich watersheds. The Sweetwater River Conservancy, a Pathfinder Project, exists in the area surrounding the union of the Sweetwater and North Platte rivers through Pathfinder Reservoir. Numerous tributaries line the countryside comprising the Conservancy, connecting the lower country with the various mountain ranges forming the skyline.
In 2008, through purchase of the historic Pathfinder Ranch, the first steps were taken in creating the Sweetwater River Conservancy. Since that time the addition of neighboring properties, both along the Sweetwater River and across Pathfinder Reservoir from the ranch headquarters, have grown the Conservancy to over 700,000 acres. Within that area are natural treasures like Fremont Canyon, the Miracle Mile along the North Platte River and an abundance of wildlife ranging from the smallest flora and fauna to the grandest of species including sage grouse, Rocky Mountain elk and bighorn sheep.
The Sweetwater River Conservancy has brought together the nation’s leading habitat biologists, wildlife experts, resource managers and ranchers in a unique partnership. Combined, their efforts are protecting Wyoming’s open spaces and enhancing the habitat, wildlife and countryside that makes Sweetwater Country a national treasure. Measures that help the resource and its wildlife will in turn facilitate responsible development for forward thinking businesses looking to complete important projects across the region.