WSGA: In the News


Date: 12/9/2015 12:00:00 AM

Title: Wyoming Stock Growers Recognizes Leaders in Land Stewardship

During the 2015 Winter Roundup the Wyoming Stock Growers Association recognized two ranches, the SR Cattle Company and the Garrett as well as the Upper North Platte Weed Management Area for their outstanding land stewardship practices in the state of Wyoming.

 Each ranch was recognized as a finalist for the 2016 Leopold Conservation Award, part of Sand County Foundation, and the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and Wyoming Department of Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Award. David and Terri Kane and their son Nate Kane represented the SR Cattle Company of Sheridan and Pete and Ethel Garrett represented the Garrett Ranch of Casper, Wyoming. Both families have worked very hard to create operations that are sustainable for future generations and exemplify excellent land stewardship through their environmental practices and improvements.

 The 2016 Leopold Conservation Award and WSGA/WDA Environmental Stewardship Award winner will be announced the first week of January 2016 in the Wyoming Livestock Roundup.

 “We are proud to honor such hard working families and look forward to show casing the 2016 winner’s operation next summer. They are a few of the many land stewards who keep Wyoming’s iconic open spaces alive and well,” stated WSGA Programs Director, Haley Lockwood.

  WSGA will be taking 2017 nominations for the Environmental Stewardship Award in the spring of 2016. Interested individuals can contact the WSGA office at (307) 638-3942 or haley@wysga.org for more information.

 “The WSGA Environmental Stewardship Program has recognized the careful management of our natural resources by Wyoming’s ranchers since 1996,” WSGA Executive Vice President Jim Magagna said. “Each year WSGA and our partners look forward to honoring more landowners for the contribution they make to our state’s economy, environment and culture.”

 The final award recognized the Upper North Platte River Weed Management Area (UNPRWMA). This large group focuses mainly on noxious and invasive weed species in the Platte River basin through various management plans that focus on land stewardship and conservation techniques. The UNPRWMA received the Environmental Stewardship Champion Award for their continued efforts in this region. Since 2007, the UNPRWMA has represented Albany, Carbon, Converse, Fremont, Goshen, Laramie, Natrona and Platte County Weed and Pest Control Districts and are currently actively engaging landowners and managers in those areas about noxious and invasive weed management. Such species of noxious and invasive weeds include Russian Olive and Salt Cedar among others. 

 According to their application, the UNPRWMA also uses educational demonstration projects and various tours to educate the partners and public with real world situations, both positive and negative. They also hold and maintain records of meetings and projects. There is also educational information that is available to UNPRWMA partners and cooperators in the area.

 The three parties exemplify land stewardship that many of our land owners and producers do from year to year on their operations. For additional information please visit http://www.wysga.org/stewardshipprogram.aspx, call (307) 638-3942 or email Haley Lockwood at haley@wysga.org.



  
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