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Cokeville – “The thing about us that is a little different is we started from scratch,” says Cokeville rancher Kim Clark. 

The journey for Kim and his family hasn’t been easy, but it’s been one that has resulted in the creation of a successful operation in the southern end of Lincoln County.

“I grew up on a small ranch, and right out of high school, I started working on ranches,” Kim explains. “I ended up working on a big ranch for an attorney that was running about 12,000 cattle, and it was a tremendous education.”

In the position, Kim spent summers in Idaho and Wyoming, traveling to California for the winter. However, after he married and started a family, his children were growing older, and he felt it was time for a change.

New beginnings

“I was always gone, and my wife Jill was trying to take care of the kids,” he says. “I decided to find a regular job, so we could run a bunch of our own cows.”

In 1991, Kim attended and completed training at the Law Enforcement Academy with the goal of working for the Wyoming Livestock Board in enforcement. On his first attempts to secure the position in 1992, he was turned away for lack of experience and instead continued working for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

“At the same time, we started putting together a little bunch of cows, even though we didn’t own any ground,” Kim says. “We leased some ground instead.”

After being named Wyoming’s Peace Officer of the Year in 1998, Kim was hired by the Wyoming Livestock Board and has been working for the organization ever since.

“We also continued to build our ranch,” he says. “Essentially we just keep building up, growing and adding cows, and it works.”

Red and black

Kim’s operation runs both pairs and yearlings, and he notes that both himself and his wife hold down regular jobs at the same time. 

His daughter Stephanie works full time on the ranch. Stephanie’s husband Dru Haderlie also helps on the ranch, but he also works for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.

“We ranch going 100 miles an hour,” Kim says smiling.

Both Red and Black Angus are run on the operation, and Kim notes that because Angus are marketable cattle, it works well.

“We are slowly moving to Red Angus,” he mentions. “They are super cattle, and we really like the Red Angus.”

In breeding their cattle, Kim says they work to raise their own bulls and have developed an A.I. program. They also run a purebred herd – both Red and Black Angus – that they utilize.

They family runs on leased BLM and Forest Service land that extends from Cokeville through Star Valley to Jackson.

To support and feed their cattle, they also put up the native hay on their lands. This year, the Clarks also decided to purchase some additional hay to feed, mixed with some straw. 

Marketing calves

“We sell our steer calves in the fall and retain our heifers,” Kim explains of their ranch’s marketing strategy. “The heifers are sent to a feed yard, then put on grass and bred.”

They sell the open, spayed and some bred heifers, and return the remaining bred heifers to the herd.

“Bred heifers are worth a lot of money,” he continues. “We wanted to delve into that market, and we have some good places to go with the opportunity for tremendous weight gain. It has worked pretty great.”

Making it work

With the weather and economic issues that are affecting agriculture every day, Kim sees some benefits to living in Cokeville and starting a ranching operation.

“We’ve never been entirely droughted-out,” Kim says. “It’s been awfully dry, but we’ve always been able to raise a crop.”

This year, he says that frost has been more of a problem. 

“We got frost clear into July,” he comments, his resulting alfalfa crop has suffered.

“Our wild hay that we got water on had a really good crop,” he continues. “Our range is extremely dry right now, but we are right on the edge of the mountain, and we seem to get enough moisture to make it work.”

Working together to develop

And to make the operation work, Kim says the help of his family is integral.

“I have a super crew,” Kim says, mentioning that Stephanie, Dru and their children Keegan, Kalob and Kelli all help on the operation. 

His wife Jill has also been important to the operation.

“When we first started putting this thing together, Jill got a job and paid for the BLM permit that we bought,” he explains.

As a family operation, they work together to make sure hay is harvested, cows are taken care of and the operation runs smoothly.

“I enjoy ranching,” comments Dru, who notes he didn’t come from a ranching family. 

Rather, in seeing his children raised on the ranch, he has noticed a work ethic and level of responsibility that doesn’t develop in children raised in other environments.

“I always wanted to be a cowboy,” he says, “and now it’s about our kids – they are the future of the ranch.”

“It’s tough in this day and age, especially with this economy, to make ends meet,” Kim comments, “but every year, we seem to get our bills paid and make it work.”

Saige Albert is managing editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thayne – In the 1920s, Thayne was the first place to hold cutter and chariot races right on Main Street of the Lincoln County town.

“Chariot racing involves running two horses abreast with a chariot, that weighs about 65 pounds,” explains former racer Bill Johnson. “They run for 440 yards or one-quarter of a mile from the gates. It’s quite a rigorous activity.”

The races have intrigued spectators for many years, with deep roots in history.

In the beginning

Cutter racing is one of the oldest equine sports, believed to have its beginnings with the first Olympic games in ancient times. The 1959 epic film Ben-Hur gave the sport its modern fame.

When it began, cutter racing was simply a way to pass time during the cold winters of the 1920s. 

“Farmers used to come to town with their milk, and they’d sit around drinking coffee and start to challenge each other,” explains All-American Cutter Racing Association Secretary Connie Wright. “They’d race their wagons with their work horses, and cutter racing originated.”

“They started bringing their saddle horses and lighter wagons so they could go faster,” she continues. “There is quite a history.”

First association

In 1948, the All-American Cutter Racing Association was formed in Thayne. The association was the first in the world dedicated to cutter and chariot racing.

“They have a world championship in Ogden, Utah every year in March,” says Johnson. “There were as many as 38 associations at one time, coming from California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.”

The competition only continued to grow, as ranchers hooked their fastest horses to sleds, racing through the snow at speeds that reached up to 50 miles an hour. 

Over time, lightweight cutters, or chariots on skis, replaced old, heavy sleds. In some cases, snow was trucked in for special events. As times changed, so did the equipment used. Rather than running with a traditional cutter, Johnson notes that they use chariots more frequently today.

“A cutter has runners on it, and they used to run on snow-covered tracks,” explains Johnson of the change. “They started running on a dirt track in the early 80s with chariots, which have wheels like small bicycle wheels.”

Because chariot are faster due to less friction and the track is easier to maintain, chariot racing has taken over. 

Modern racing

Cutter and chariot racing today has grown into a fast and furious sport. 

In each heat two to three teams run the straight, quarter mile race in only 22 seconds. The racing begins from gates, as are used in most horse race events. The Afton track has a three-team gate, but usually runs only two teams abreast. 

Johnson says, “My dad helped to organize the events. I stopped racing about five years ago, but raced for 21 years. When I quit running, it was the first time since 1948 that our family hadn’t run.”

Though its beginnings are in Thayne, the races moved from Main Street there to the town of Afton, and events are held in communities across Star Valley, as well as in Jackson and Saratoga.

In Afton, rather than racing on Main Street, the events are held on a track at the fairgrounds. Racing is held every Saturday afternoon from Dec. 1 to the end of February. 

Today only about 16 organizations are left in the world, with between 10 and 12 teams competing at the weekly events in Star Valley.

“It is not only a fun hobby, but it’s a tradition in Star Valley,” Johnson adds. “People do it to keep the tradition going to this day.”

“The guys that are still racing are really trying to promote it,” comments Johnson. “It’s really hard to get younger people involved. The older generations still run, but it’s a dying sport.”

Saige Albert is managing editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Glendo’s Foy Ranch the 2009 honoree

Glendo – If one had to describe Rocky and Nancy Foy’s management of their ranch west of Glendo in two words “lifelong” and “learning” would be obvious choices.
    Rocky can frequently be seen attending events that include an educational component. “I love looking at people’s operations, seeing how they do things and if it’s something we can make work here,” he comments. Whether it’s a tour of the wind farm under construction near Glenrock, a discussion about carbon sequestration or a visit to the local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Rocky has a thirst for knowledge. He’s also mastered the art of taking that new knowledge home to the family ranch along Elkhorn Creek west of Glendo and seeing if he can put it to good use.
    “Grandpa homesteaded out on North Elkhorn in 1910,” says Rocky. “They bought this part of the ranch later,” he says of he and Nancy’s present home along Elkhorn Creek where they run a cow-calf operation comprised of Black Angus cattle. Rocky’s parents, Leo and Ann, live just across the yard. Rocky and Nancy’s two youngest children – Paul and Emily – attend high school in Douglas.
    The Foy’s willingness to learn and put quality management practices on the ground has earned them recognition as the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award winners by the Wyoming Stock Growers. They’ll also receive the 2009 Leopold Conservation Award from the Sand County Foundation and $10,000 in prize money thanks to the support of EnCana Oil and Gas. Summer 2009 the ranch will host the annual stewardship tour allowing fellow ranchers and the general public to learn about their management techniques first hand.
    “I went to a school in 1991,” recalls Rocky. “Stan Parsons had a school, at that time it was called rotational or cell grazing.” After seven days of intense learning Rocky says he felt like it was something that would work at their operation. “I was very impressed with what they taught us there. I came home and went to the NRCS and we started a plan to cost share on some electric fence. That first year we cross-fenced three pastures.”
    It was the beginning of a partnership that Rocky says has resulted in a continuous learning process and ever-improving stewardship. “We started our rotation and tried to figure out how to do it,” he recalls. “The first couple of years it was a fiasco. The cows didn’t know what they were doing and we didn’t know what we were doing. We stayed with it and after a couple of years the cows learned what was going on.”
    Change came incrementally and was depicted in the ranch’s monitoring trends. “If we hadn’t had the monitoring we wouldn’t have noticed the difference,” says Rocky of the slow progression made over the years. “The transects are very different now from when we started,” he says of their monitoring efforts launched with the help of the NRCS and dating back to the early 1990s.
    After three or four years Rocky says they added more cross fences resulting in around a dozen pastures that are now included in the grazing rotation. “We’re just mimicking what the buffalo did years ago,” says Rocky. “They went into an area, grazed it and had to move. It’s really improved our grass, the creekbanks and the riparian areas. It’s helped our carrying capacity as well.”
    Water development, he recalls, was key in making the system work well. “We’ve got three creeks. I think we had two windmills and the rest of the water was springs and dams.” As the drought set in Rocky says their dams started drying up, followed by the springs and then the creeks. “Luckily we had started on the well project before the creeks dried up,” he recalls.
    “They’re all solar,” he says of the water wells developed. “When we first started the rotational grazing, I think the most important thing was water.” Plentiful water, says Rocky, has also changed the cows’ watering habits. Instead of traveling to water as a group they now go in smaller bunches or individually. “We’ve got about eight wells and are working on a ninth one,” he says. “We’ve put a solar pump on each well. Some wells service two tanks.” Sometimes the tanks are in separate pastures and sometimes are in the same.
    “Five years ago we got meat goats to help with the weed problem,” says Nancy of the Boer goats that called the Foy Ranch home until this past spring.
    “It took a few years before we started noticing any difference,” says Rocky. “About the third year we noticed the brush was shrinking. It was still there, but it wasn’t nearly as tall or as dense.” Rocky says the thinning allowed the grass to get started where the brush canopy was previously too thick.
    Penning the goats within a mesh electric fence the Foys were able to concentrate their effects on the thickest sagebrush patches. This past winter they scattered falcata alfalfa seed where the goats were grazing, but say it’s too soon to see if their efforts panned out.
    “I think they helped quite a bit,” says Rocky. “It was during the height of the drought and we were just destocking our cows because there was less and less feed all the time. We could see where the goats would eat weeds and brush. We have weeds from pipelines going through. We got the goats to keep our stocking rate up.” The Foys say once they found a buyer the goats they raised weren’t difficult to market.
    While the Foys say they still have work the goats could be doing the gentlemen from Peru who herded them had to return home. “He was here on an H2A Visa and they can only stay for three years,” says Rocky. The first year the Foys had the goats Nancy herded them, but has since opened a restaurant at the local convenient store in Glendo.
    “We couldn’t handle them,” says Rocky. “They’re pretty labor intensive, just keeping track of them.”
    “I think we’d get them back,” says Nancy of their possible future return. “There’s still stuff they could do.”
    While the Foys feel they’ve come a long way the last 15 years, goals to improve the ranch remain a part of their future. “I think there are more birds,” says Rocky of the implemented changes. “There are deer because of the creeks and there are a lot of antelope. We’re now getting elk.” He wonders if pheasant hunters would visit their ranch if they implemented a program to accommodate the sportsmen. “We’re always looking for ways to diversify.”
    “We’re looking real serious at trying to get away from putting up hay and feeding hay,” he says of the hay meadows that are irrigated with big gun sprinklers from the nearby creek when water levels allow. Not yet ready to sell the swather Rocky says this next summer they’ll put a portion of the hayfields into their grazing rotation shortly after haying instead of waiting until fall. With AUM numbers in place, he says they’re ready to make a comparison. “It gets so tall and rank that when we come in during the fall they tromp as much as they eat,” he says. “Our thought is that if we can keep it shorter, greener and growing we can get more good out of it.” If it works, the Foys may reduce the number of acres on which they harvest hay.
    With an NRCS approved grazing plan in place the Foys are also among those looking to sell the carbon they sequester on their ranch. “We haven’t got a check yet,” says Rocky, but notes the information has been submitted with an expectation the credits will trade sometime in 2009. “If you have a grazing plan and your legal description,” he says to those considering participating in the effort, “you’re good to go.”
    “I think it’s really neat,” says Rocky of winning the stewardship award. “We appreciate it a lot. We’ve spent quite a little time trying to improve stuff and I guess we are finally getting there.” The Foys express their appreciation to the local NRCS office and the Southeast Wyoming Resource Conservation and Development Council for nominating them. “Along the way,” says Rocky, “we’ve been surrounded by so many good people and we’ve learned so much from them.”
    Jennifer Womack is managing editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cheyenne — Ty McNamee is looking into the future. He tries to imagine what the future holds for agriculture, for his fellow Wyoming FFA members and for his impact on the world.
    McNamee, 19, has much to look forward to as he and his 2008-2009 Wyoming FFA State Officer team face the end of their year together. But, as the Wyoming FFA State Convention wraps up today in Cheyenne, McNamee will take time to look back over his year leading Wyoming FFA members as the Wyoming FFA Association President.
    Ty McNamee’s journey began growing up just over the Wyoming border in Nebraska and attending school in Pine Bluffs, Wyo. His childhood was somewhat out of the ordinary because he grew up with a stunt double, his twin brother, Chase.
    “I always had someone to play with,” Ty says. “Chase and I are a lot different, but we compliment each other. We had so much fun being weird little kids together.”
    The twins’ mom, Nancy, had her hands full raising two active, spirited boys. Ty says they were good kids, but were mischievous and loved playing pranks. Luckily, the boys’ grandpa, Stan McNamee came to the rescue. He was a big influence in the boys’ lives until his passing in 2008.
    “When my mom was a single parent, he was my father figure,” Ty says. “I looked up to him so much because he was always there for us and he made me a tougher person.”
    Ty also credits his mom for molding him into the person he is today.
    “People always say ‘your mom never does anything but love you guys,’” Ty says. “She’s super mom.”
    When Nancy, married Lee Cady, the family moved to Shoshoni. Along with stepsister, Amber, they formed a family.
    The move across the state was the first step toward Ty’s FFA career. He was raised on farms and ranches, but as his freshman year of high school grew close, Ty wasn’t sure he wanted to join FFA. With a little nudge from his parents, Ty jumped head first into the organization he has grown to love.
    “I love FFA as a leadership organization,” Ty says. “It’s not like any other organization where you have to fit a certain stereotype. I love the fact that it can impact a million different kids.”
    Ty’s first year with the Shoshoni FFA Chapter was also Advisor Crystal Woehleke’s first year. He credits Woehlecke for encouraging him to get more involved in FFA, which has been life changing.
    “I wasn’t a shy kid, but I never really found my niche,” Ty says. FFA made me so much more confident, and it gave me a chance to succeed.”
    Woehlecke says she misses having Ty in her chapter. After being hesitant his freshman year, she saw the young man blossom.
    “He is outgoing and is a great leader,” she says. “He always encouraged our younger members. He’s a great kid.”
    While a member, Ty’s chapter had major successes in several Career Development Events (CDEs). He qualified for National FFA Convention in Agriculture Communications, Extemporaneous Speaking and Agriculture Issues. His team won the National Agriculture Issues CDE contest last year.
    “For two years we got knocked down at State Convention and finally won state and went on to win nationals,” Ty says.
    Ty was looking for the next way to make an impact in his organization. So, he ran for a State FFA Office and became the 2008-2009 Wyoming FFA Association President. He and his eight team members have spent the past year traveling the state, conducting workshops and conferences, impacting FFA members’ lives and growing as a team and as individuals.
    Ty says aside from planning the many events the State Association hosts each year, his biggest stress has been the fact that all eyes are on him and his team.
    “I need to make sure I’m on my best behavior and make sure I’m being a role model,” he says. “It’s made me a better person.”
    Ty says the past year has helped him to better manage and filter those stresses. By taking it step-by-step and planning ahead, he says he can deal with almost anything. He says it was a challenge to try to maintain scholarships and grades during his state officer year, and after missing so much class he has learned to balance his hectic schedule.
    Even with the stresses associated with being a state officer, Ty says he will take away a countless number of memories and lessons learned.  From the Powell Chapter’s Officer Retreat where he first got one-on-one time with members, to National Convention where he sat on the delegation floor, to FFA camp where his “core group” taught him how to work with FFA members, Ty has made incredible memories.
    These memories wouldn’t be complete without adding the time spent with his FFA “family,” as he calls his fellow state officers.
    “We have grown very close, it’s so much fun when we get together,” Ty says. “We have the roles we play and we have honestly become a family.”
    Vice President Oaklee Anderson, has been a member of Ty’s “family” for a lot longer. She and Ty became fast friends in Shoshoni and Anderson can’t say enough good things about her team member and friend. From his comic relief skills to his drive and dedication, Anderson says Ty has made their state officer team what it is.
    “We’re all really good friends and that wouldn’t have happened without Ty,” she says.
    As most teams do, the 2008-2009 State Officer team started out with small conflicts. Ty says they all came to the team as great individual leaders, but they had to learn how to become a cohesive unit. Those initial clashes quickly wore off and Ty says the team has a strong bond.
This bond has brought them through a challenging year and ended up at the 2009 Wyoming FFA State Convention where they have celebrated their accomplishments and looked back over their year together. With a theme of “Sparking Interest, Igniting Futures,” the team has worked hard to make this year’s convention upbeat and all about the members.
    “We want it to be about them learning, having fun and growing,” Ty says.
    And growing is exactly what Ty is talking about in is retiring address during the 8 a.m. session of state convention today in the Cheyenne Civic Center. Entitled “In My Life,” his final address to the Wyoming FFA members is about the changes in his life. He says his message to members is not just about going through changes, but growing from those change. Ty uses the quote, “change is inevitable, growth is optional,” and says this statement sums up the message he wants to convey.
    “When I had to move, I was so mad,” Ty says. “But, it was the best thing I have ever gone through. If I hadn’t moved, my life would have been completely different. It was tough, but it shaped me.”
    The message in his retiring address is clear, but Ty has more advice for FFA members. He urges members to stay true to what they believe in, and not to let negativity bring them down.
    “Take the positive experiences and forget about the negative,” he says. “If you dwell on them, it won’t help. It’s only going to make you feel worse.”
    Ty also urges all students to get involved in FFA, saying it will boost their confidence.
    “FFA teaches skills you didn’t know you had,” he says. “If you’re not involved, you don’t get those opportunities to test your limits and see how much you can do.”
    Now, as his year as Wyoming FFA Association President draws to a close, Ty will once again be looking into the future. As a freshman at the University of Wyoming in Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education, Ty says he will work toward his degree and try to get more involved on campus. He even is considering running for a National FFA Office.
    “I will consider whatever opportunities are thrown at me,” Ty says. “I’ll pray about it and if it is something I feel I should do, I’ll do it.”
    Until then, Ty McNamee will celebrate his growing experiences, relish the present, and continue looking into his very bright future.
    Liz LeSatz is a correspondent for the Wyoming Livestock Roundup and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Savery – With a deep-seated connection to the Little Snake River Valley and a conservation ethic unparalleled, Pat and Sharon O’Toole and their family of Ladder Ranch were recognized for their efforts during the 2014 Environmental Stewardship Tour, held July 10.

“We are committed to Wyoming,” said Pat. “We are trying to fit into the future and the vision of the future.”

Wyoming Stock Growers Association President Jim Wilson commented, “As we look at Ladder Ranch, the O’Toole’s and their family, we have to give them a lot of credit. There is a future here, and it is great to have this family recognized this year.”

Larry Bentley of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture noted, “Here was a perfect storm. Everything came together, and the partnership worked. This is what makes it work for us today on public land – the partnership between landowners, BLM, Forest Service and other people to help us do what we think is the right thing.”

Ranch operation

Ladder Ranch runs both sheep and cattle in their Wyoming and Colorado Ranch.

“We have a complicated operation,” Pat explained. 

Their cattle and sheep graze a variety of Forest Service and BLM allotments across southern Wyoming. 

“Part of our philosophy is that we manage all of our own genetics,” commented Pat. “The idea is to buy the best genetics we can get our hands on and raise them ourselves in this environment. It works.”

The family also irrigates nearly 600 acres of land raising hay.

At the same time they run a sustainable ranching operation, the O’Tooles also focus on conservation.

Conservation efforts

“A conservation legacy and land ethic has been associated with this valley since the 1870s,” commented Larry Hicks, Wyoming senator and conservation district resource coordinator.

The Ladder Ranch is no exception, with projects to improve grazing and allow fish passage, among others. 

“We are working on grazing issues, water issues and wildlife issues together,” said Pat. “It has really been a pleasure.”

“We want to leave this land better than the generation before,” said Pat and Sharon's daughter Meghan. 

Easement

The Nature Conservancy and Colorado Cattlemen’s Association hold conservation easements on Ladder Ranch in Wyoming and Colorado. 

Paula Hunker of The Nature Conservancy said “The easiest thing about our job is working with a family like this who has a shared visions. Not only do they want to protect their lifestyle, which is ranching, but they want to do it in a way that protects the resources here – from the water to grass to sheep to wildlife – to find that balance so when the eyes of future are looking back, we have seen beyond our own time.”

Nearly 1,500 acres are under conservation easement. The easements were completed in three stages, and Hunker explained that they help to protect the future of the ranch.

“An easement is a very heavily family decision,” said Hunker. “They wanted to do this together and build in the flexibility. We don’t know what will be here in 100 years, but we do know that we want sustainable agriculture operations to exist.”

Partnerships

“For our family, the partnerships have been important,” said Pat. “For various issues, we work on a local and national basis.”

However, in their work Pat noticed that partnerships and working together have been important.

“We have taken a vision of this watershed and we’ve been able to do things with partners,” Pat explains, citing Trout Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Forest Service, BLM and others as important players. “We know the value of having these personal relationships.”

“We aren’t stopping where we are today,” he added. “Our vision gets broader and more exciting as we move forward.”

In continuing to improve Ladder Ranch and the partners have established a positive working relationship  

“I know their partnerships extend all the way across this country and into others as well,” added Wyoming Department of Agriculture Director Jason Fearneyhough. “People look to this family for leadership, not only in conservation but in all agricultural practices.”

Family

Family has always been an important aspect of Ladder Ranch, with all parts of the family coming together to make the operation a success. 

The O’Toole’s children Eamon, Megan and Bridget play an integral role on the ranch, with Eamon and Meghan intimately involved in the daily operation.

“We couldn’t do what we do without the contributions of not only our kids, but also their spouses,” says Sharon. 

Eamon’s wife Megan and Meghan’s husband Brian both work off the ranch providing extra income and necessities such as insurance for their families. Bridget and her husband Chris live in Denver, Colo. but are involved in many ranch activities throughout the year.  

Telling the story

Because conservation and ranching are their way of life, Pat mentioned the importance of sharing the story of conservation and agriculture as being increasingly important.

“The biggest thing we have to do is tell our story,” he commented. “This is a great story of public land ranching and the relationships that agriculture, conservation and wildlife have.”

Saige Albert is managing editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


SIDEBAR:
Stewardship award

The Environmental Stewardship award program is in its 18th year in Wyoming, with over 18 ranching families from across the state being recognized for their efforts in conservation and stewardship of the land. 

“Each year, we sponsor a competition and accept nominations for the Environmental Stewardship Award,” said Wyoming Stock Growers Association Executive Vice President Jim Magagna. 

After winning the state competition, winners are nominated for the National Stewardship Award the following year.

The Environmental Stewardship Award and Leopold Conservation Award are sponsored by the Sand County Foundation, Peabody Energy, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and Wyoming Department of Agriculture.