The Belvoir Ranch Master Plan is a visionary approach for land use planning to be undertaken from April 2007 to April 2008. During this time, staff from the City of Cheyenne and a team of consultants worked with area residents to determine best uses for, and potential revenue streams from, the various lands comprising the Belvoir Ranch.
The community has identified potential open space partnerships, improvements transportation to the site, explored educational opportunities, worked with surrounding land owners, and developed a resource management plan for the Ranch and the Big Hole properties.
Wyoming Wildlife & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Wyoming is home to a vast array of resources that together build our state's identity. To maintain this legacy, The Wyoming Legislature created the Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust in 2005. Funded by interest earned on a permanent account, donations, and legislative appropriation, the program is designed to enhance and conserve wildlife habitat and natural resource values throughout the state. Any project designed to improve wildlife habitat or natural resource values is eligible for funding.
The Belvoir Ranch Master Plan project applied for and was awarded a $40,000 planning grant to aid in the completion of a comprehensive plan for this City-owned property. With state funding, complimented by resources from the City of Cheyenne and the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities, this plan will incorporate an analysis of the property's resources and achieve a balance of development and preservation. Wildlife populations, cultural resources, and sensitive biological areas will be considered along with water development opportunities, recreation, and other municipal needs to create a plan that identifies strategies for achieving the community's vision for the property.
The Belvoir Ranch Master Plan is the first project awarded a grant by the WWNRTF for planning. The Board based approval on the tenet that physical improvements can have a greater impact when they are carefully coordinated, evaluated and implemented based on a broader guiding vision. With the Master Plan in hand, the Belvoir Ranch can be managed and improved over time with projects that build upon previous efforts while creating a landscape-scale conservation program for the Cheyenne community. For more information, visit WWNRTF.
The Belvoir Ranch was the beneficiary of the 2005 Bootification Ball, a project sponsored by the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Cheyenne class. Leadership Cheyenne's purpose is to identify and motivate prospective and current community leaders. Participants' community leadership potential will be developed through exposure to the diversity, realities, challenges, and opportunities of our area; and to new and diverse ideas.
Through their efforts, $16,000 has been raised to help construct the first trails on the Belvoir Ranch. As the Master Plan is created and implemented, this funding will help to jumpstart public access to the property.
For more information, visit Leadership Cheyenne.