Wyoming Stewardship Tour to Demonstrate Importance of Conservation on Private Lands

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The Wyoming Stock Growers Association and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture will host a July 12 stewardship tour of Sommers Ranch in Pinedale. Siblings Albert and Jonita Sommers are the recipients of the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award in Wyoming, which is presented by Sand County Foundation, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. and Peabody Energy.

Sommers Ranch in Sublette County, Wyoming

Sommers Ranch

The annual Environmental Stewardship Tour, hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and Wyoming Department of Agriculture, will be held at Sommers Ranch, near Pinedale, Thursday July 12, beginning at 9 a.m.

Siblings Albert and Jonita Sommers are recipients of the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award, Wyoming’s premier recognition of private land stewardship. The bus tour will showcase the excellent land, water and wildlife management efforts that led to the Sommers receiving the award.

A full day of activities is planned. In addition to the bus tour of the ranch, there will be speakers, lunch and an evening social and banquet.

Sommers Ranch is a third generation cattle and native hay operation. Included in their many conservation practices was the establishment of a 19,000-acre conservation easement, which includes public fishing access.

The Environmental Stewardship Tour and Leopold Conservation Award are part of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association’s Environmental Stewardship Program. Partners in this program include the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Sand County Foundation, Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. and Peabody Energy.

For more information about the Leopold Conservation Award, please visit http://www.leopoldconservationaward.org

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