The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust (WWNRT) serves all residents of Wyoming, with the primary emphasis on natural resource agencies and organizations. Funding for the standard budget request comes from the Income Account, which has been funded solely by interest on the Trust Account for the past four years. Initially, this funding was augmented by General Fund appropriations intended to allow the program to function as if the Trust Account was fully funded at $200 million. Occasional donations are also used to fund projects, but are not sought out because they would likely compete with matching funds from program applicants. The WWNRT operates with a biennial appropriation of approximately $8 million and 2 full time employees. Standard funding is for the management and project cost of the program only. The Trust Account has a current balance of approximately $109 million.
Agency Background and Structure
The WWNRT was created in 2005 with the primary functions of the agency being project solicitation, evaluation, funding, monitoring, and design. The agency provides funding and design assistance for natural resource and wildlife habitat enhancements, and as a resource to other agencies The agency is led by a nine-member Board appointed by the Governor from the state’s judicial districts. The Board is responsible for approving program grant requests. The agency provides funding and design assistance for natural resource and wildlife habitat enhancements, and as a resource to other agencies.