Padlock Ranch Receives 2013 Leopold Conservation Award

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governorThe Padlock Ranch, recipient of this year’s Leopold Conservation Award in Wyoming, was honored by Governor Matt Mead during a ceremony at the state capitol.

Governor Mead signed a proclamation declaring July 9, 2013 as Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Day which 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 Leopold Conservation Award recipient. This year’s recipient, The Padlock Ranch, operates a sustainable and profitable cattle operation on 500,000 acres in Wyoming and Montana. Read more …

Wyoming Partners:

Sand County Foundation

Transparent Black and White 2 copy_thumbSand County Foundation is a private, non-profit conservation group dedicated to working with private landowners to improve habitat on their land. Sand County’s mission is to advance the use of ethical and scientifically sound land management practices and partnerships for the benefit of people and their rural landscapes. Sand County Foundation works with private landowners because the majority of the nation’s fish, wildlife, and natural resources are found on private lands. The organization backs local champions, invests in civil society and places incentives before regulation to create solutions that ensure and grow. The organization encourages the exercise of private responsibility in the pursuit of improved land health as an essential alternative to many of the commonly used strategies in modern conservation.

Wyoming Stock Growers Association

wsgaThe Wyoming Stock Growers Association was organized on April 4, 1872 to advance and protect the interest of the state livestock producers. It was the second state cattlemen’s organization created in the United States, and was the first association formed in the Wyoming territory.

Wyoming Stock Growers Association’s mission is to serve that industry by protecting its economic, legislative, regulatory, judicial, environmental, customs and cultural interests. It is the only organization in the state focused entirely on serving the needs of the cattle industry, which is the largest segment of Wyoming’s agricultural production. The association lobbies and tracks issues at both the state and national levels; working closely with the state and federal agencies that write regulations affecting the industry.

Peabody Energy

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