Fayette Ranch

2018 Landowner of the Year - Pinedale Region

Landowners: Roy Wolaver

The Fayette Ranch is comprised of over 14,000 acres of irrigated agricultural lands, sagebrush uplands and open space located directly east of Pinedale. The Ranch contains important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including mule deer, moose, elk, pronghorn, sage grouse, waterfowl, raptors and songbirds. The Fayette Ranch’s cattle operation employs methods that help maintain fish and wildlife habitat. Mr. Wolaver along with the owner, Richard Boelte, has long partnered with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in wildlife management efforts.
 
A permanent public access easement through the Fayette Ranch to the Half Moon Wildlife Habitat Management  Area provides hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities at Half Moon Mountain and Little Half Moon Lake. This area is frequently visited by the public to witness the renowned Red Desert to Hoback mule deer migration.
 
 The Fayette Ranch has allowed the Department to construct and maintain a permanent fish trap on their property along Meadow Creek at Meadow Lake for grayling spawning operations for over 40 years. Mr. Wolaver and the Ranch allow Department personnel to set up a base camp for several weeks each spring on their property which includes boat, camper and equipment storage. This permission allows personnel to intensely monitor grayling spawning operations which remain so critical to not only Wyoming but other surrounding states.
 
Mr. Wolaver and his family are active in the community, avid sportspersons, and regularly participate in agricultural organizations. They are a respected and honored part of the community and we are pleased to nominate Roy Wolaver for the Pinedale Region Landowner/Manager of the Year.

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