Heart Mountain Ranch is located north of Cody, Wyoming and is owned by The Nature Conservancy. It supports one of the greatest concentrations of rare plants ever discovered on private property in Wyoming. Many native mammals are also often seen here, particularly elk, mule deer and antelope.
In 2012, Heart Mountain Ranch completed their Trailhead Cabin, which houses interpretive materials and information about Heart Mountain and The Nature Conservancy. Around the time of completion, the organization decided to expand upon the interpretation from inside the building to the trail outside, so that visitors could learn more about the area as they hiked the mountain.
“Our goal is to share the natural and cultural history of the mountain and surrounding area and also share about our organization, The Nature Conservancy,” said Carrie Peters, Conservation Practitioner.
Heart Mountain used a variety of Pannier’s custom mounting methods to display their Gel Coat Laminate panels, which were designed by Black Dog Design in Lander, WY. Plant Identifiers, as well as Plant Stakes – one of the newest members of Pannier’s line of exhibit bases – were used to highlight the various species of plants. Heart Mountain also used Pannier frames with their post mounting system to attach the signs to wooden posts. Pannier’s fabrication staff worked hand-in-hand with Heart Mountain to design a three-panel panorama of the area.
Pannier has worked with various members of The Nature Conservancy for over 13 years on different projects.
“We found out about Pannier from other staff within our organization that had worked with them in the past and were pleased with the quality,” said Peters. “I really enjoyed working with Pannier for our project. The customer service was top-notch and we received a very nice, high-quality product.”
Heart Mountain Preserve makes for a family-friendly outing with good hiking and lots to learn. It’s also free! Click here for more information on Heart Mountain Preserve.