About Pathfinder Ranches
Pathfinder Ranches is owned by Sammons Enterprises, Inc., one of the largest privately-held companies in the United States according to Forbes. Backed by the global holding company with nearly 80 years of history, Pathfinder's banking credits give energy companies working in Wyoming a permanent solution to address environmental impact offset requirements. Our experience with conservation methods provides Wyoming with the assurance that native species and habitat will be protected for the long-term.
A Wyoming native, Ryan Lance has dedicated more than a decade of his career to Wyoming institutions including the Office of State Lands and Investments, and the Office of the Governor. His expertise includes the development and administration of policies related to energy development, recreation, agriculture, wildlife, air and water quality and the preservation of natural resources. As a member of the leadership team for Pathfinder Ranches, Ryan is responsible for overseeing ranch and bank operations and providing legal counsel. Given his background in natural resource law and federal and state trust land policy, he also works to guide our partners through the project permitting process. Ryan received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming.
Director of Operations
With a background in agriculture, water management, and conservation policies and practice, Matt Hoobler directs the conservation and restoration strategies for Pathfinder Ranches. He is responsible for the monitoring and protection of sensitive and threatened species and for enhancing the multitude of habitats, ranging from riparian to prairie grasslands, on the Pathfinder property. Matt manages all resource leasing and infrastructure development for the company. Matt’s professional experience includes working for the State of Wyoming in the State Engineer’s Office and the Department of Agriculture, as well as owning and operating a tree spading business. His credentials include natural resource planning and implementation, Wyoming water permitting, as well the crafting of mitigation banking policy. Matt has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Communication / Journalism from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. He maintains certification in Agriculture and Natural Resource Mediation (USDA) and has supplemental training and education in Stream Assessment, Ecological Restoration and Conservation Planning.
A Natrona County native, TJ is the primary equipment operator on all habitat construction projects within the sage grouse conservation bank. He conducts environmental compliance at Pathfinder Ranches and is responsible for property care and project supervision. TJ is a Wyoming Certified Pesticide Applicator specializing in noxious agricultural weeds and pest management. He maintains a Commercial Driver’s License, has received his OSHA Hazard Recognition Certification, and is skillful in welding, demolition and earth moving.
TJ’s professional experience includes ranching, welding and commercial truck driving. TJ enjoys fishing, hunting, shooting, and spending time with family, including his wife Ann.
Weed and Pest Manager
Kevin heads up the ranch-wide recycling program of all salvageable materials, ranging from large metal debris and liquid contaminants to plastics, glass, aluminum and copper. He conducts regular inspection and maintenance of all Pathfinder Ranches infrastructure and performs project bidding and analysis. Kevin is a Wyoming Certified Pesticide Applicator specializing in noxious agricultural weeds and pest management. He has received his OSHA Hazard Recognition Certification and is proficient in the operation of machinery related to habitat maintenance, fencing, and disturbance reclamation.
Kevin’s professional experience includes construction and property management as well as serving in the U.S. Army as field medic. He is an avid football fan and enjoys spending time fishing in the Wyoming mountain streams.
Governor Dave Freudenthal
A native and Governor of The State of Wyoming between 2003 and 2011, Dave Freudenthal is a leader in for natural resource development issues in Wyoming. In fact, Freudenthal's leadership on natural resource development issues led to his service as Chairman of the Western Governors Association and Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Freudenthal was born and raised in Wyoming. He graduated from Amherst College in 1973 and returned to Wyoming to take a position as an economist with the State. Governor Ed Herschler appointed him State Planning Coordinator in 1975. After graduating from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1980, Freudenthal opened his own one-person law firm in Cheyenne. The firm grew into a general practice firm representing individuals and business. In 1994, he was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming. Following his two terms as Governor, Freudenthal taught part time at the University of Wyoming, then practiced with Crowell & Moring until January 2017 when he opened Freudenthal Law Office, LLC in Cheyenne.
Data and Technology Advisor
Michael Clancy has spent 15 years as geospatial and environmental professional. He founded and operates EcoPoint, Inc., a leading geospatial focused environmental company. Michael has dedicated his career to developing and implementing geospatial solutions to solve complex ecological solutions, specifically with projects ranging from NEPA to endangered species survey’s and with complex geospatial solution development and deployment for large agribusiness. Michael graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and GIS in 2008. He is dedicated to working with government agencies, public land users, private corporations and landowners, to enhance their use of geospatial technologies.
Pathfinder Ranches is part of Wyoming, and as part of this community, we give our time and financial support to community organizations.
We are a proud supporter of these and other Wyoming non-profit groups: