On Sept. 28, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) announced seven families have been selected as 2020 Landowners of the Year.
“These awards, now in their 25th year, honor the outstanding practices in wildlife management, habitat improvement, access for hunters and anglers and conservation techniques by these individuals and families,” WGFD said.
WGFD says almost half the land in the state is privately owned, meaning landowners have a significant impact on wildlife conservation.
“Today’s landowners are more than ranchers or farmers, they are key partners,” WGFD Director Brian Nesvik said. “Landowners preserve critical migration corridors, they improve habitat through costly enhancement projects and they provide important access which allows for our hunting and angling heritage to continue into the future.”
The families and individuals receiving the 2020 Landowners of the Year awards include the Hickey Family of Hickey Ranch in the Green River Region, Carl and Kim Asbell of Asbell Family Ranch in the Lander Region, Bill and Beth White of the White Ranch in the Sheridan Region, the True family, Wayne Larson and Brandon Munn of Double Four Ranch/True Ranches in the Laramie Region, the Stacy and Janice Scott family of Eagle Ridge Ranch in the Casper Region, John and Nancy Joyce of JA Corp in the Cody Region and Jim and Charlotte Finley of High Lonesome Ranch in the Pinedale Region.