Wyoming Governor Proclaims Environmental Stewardship Day

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Governor Matt Mead honored Wyoming's agricultural families through the proclamation of Environmental Stewardship Day during a ceremony at the State Capitol April 24. The ceremony included recognition of the Sommers family, recipient of the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award in Wyoming. The award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. and Peabody Energy.

Governor Matt Mead signs the 2012 Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Day proclamation. (L-R, Back Row) Wyoming Stock Growers President Mark Eisele, Wanda Burgett of Peabody Energy, Kevin McAleese of Sand County Foundation, Sand County Foundation Board Memb

Governor Matt Mead signs the 2012 Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Day proclamation.

It's great to recognize what the ag community has meant to Wyoming and what it will mean in the future for generations and generations to come. - Wyoming Governor Matt Mead

In celebration of Earth Day, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead proclaimed July 12, 2012 as Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Day. Governor Mead signed the proclamation during a ceremony on Tuesday in his formal office.

Each year, 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 (WDA). The annual event showcases that year’s Leopold Conservation Award recipient’s conservation efforts. The 2012 recipients of the award are siblings Albert and Jonita Sommers who are third generation ranchers in Sublette County.

The $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award (http://www.leopoldconservationaward.org) will be presented to the Sommers at WSGA’s Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show June 1 in Jackson. The award in Wyoming is presented by Sand County Foundation, WSGA, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. and Peabody Energy.

The Leopold Conservation Award in Wyoming is made possible through the support of Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., Peabody Energy, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Farm Credit and the Monaghan Foundation.

For more information or to attend the Environmental Stewardship Tour of Sommers Ranch on July 12, please call WSGA at (307) 638-3942.

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