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Stewardship recognized

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

Cheyenne – Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon proclaimed June 28 as Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Day. Gordon signed the proclamation during a ceremony in Cheyenne on April 20.

For 27 years, Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Day marks the date of the Environmental Stewardship Tour hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. The annual event showcases the year’s award recipient’s conservation efforts. The 2022 recipient of the award is the Johnson Ranch in Elk Mountain. This year’s award is sponsored by Audubon Rockies. 

“Audubon Rockies is proud to support WSGA and the ranching families working hard every day in an industry vital to the preservation of open spaces for birds and wildlife,” said Dusty Downey with Audubon Rockies. “The program winners have shown stewardship and generational ranching go hand in hand. Preserving the livelihood and prosperity of ranchers across the West is a focus of the Audubon Rockies Conservation Ranching Initiative.” 

Proudly established in the late 1800s, the Johnson Ranch has a long history of public service and conservation. The ranch, located in Carbon County, is currently under the management of John and Reese Johnson – the fifth generation on the ranch.

The Johnsons operate a cow/calf operation and continually work to improve riparian areas, grass resources and wildlife habitat on the ranch. Along the way, Johnson family members serve their communities. Their dedication to improving the quality of their land, conserving natural resources and serving the public have not gone unnoticed.

The Johnson Ranch will celebrate this prestigious award and Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Day with their community on June 28 in Elk Mountain. They will also be recognized at the WSGA’s 2022 Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention and 150th Anniversary Celebration in Cheyenne on June 10, in the presence of WSGA members and ag industry leaders.

“Good stewardship comes from right here, in Wyoming, with great people keeping their families going on the ranch,” stated Gordon during the proclamation signing. 

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