CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers are considering conservation easements to protect more state land as the population increases.

The issue came to the forefront on Tuesday when members from the Select Committee on Natural Resources met to discuss a draft of legislation for large easement projects and received public comment.

In northeast Wyoming, the Nature Conservancy in Wyoming and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are joining efforts to conserve about 2,100 acres of the HF Bar Ranch.

According to the Associated Press, state officials believe the easements protect Wyoming wildlife habitat and promote agriculture.