05-26-17 2017 WSGA: Environmental Stewardship Tour Scheduled for Wednesday, June 21st at the Garrett Ranch in Casper, Wyo.

2017 Environmental Stewardship Tour Scheduled for Wednesday, June 21st at the Garrett Ranch in Casper, Wyo.

Cheyenne, WYO– The annual Environmental Stewardship Tour, hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA), Wyoming Department of Agriculture, and program partner Sand County Foundation, will be held at the Garrett Ranch, outside of Casper, Wyo., Wednesday, June 21st, with registration beginning at 8 AM.

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 highlights that year’s Leopold Conservation Award® recipient’s conservation efforts. The 2017 recipient of the award is Garrett Ranch, owned and managed by the Garrett family, who has a sustainable and profitable cattle operation in northern Wyoming.

Owned and managed by the Garrett family, Garrett Ranch is located 30 miles south of Casper. The entire Garrett family, including Pete and Ethel Garrett, and their children and grandchildren, show their continued dedication to outstanding, voluntary conservation and sets an example for landowners across Wyoming and the United States. The original homestead is located on Bates Creek about 8 miles upstream from the current operation. Currently, the Garretts raise Hereford cows, the original breed bought in 1937 when the ranch began, and grow 200 acres of alfalfa.

“We are honored to win this award,” stated Pete Garrett. “We know many other ranches who are just as deserving. We are very humbled.”

“Ranchers know that we must take care of the land. My great-grandfather always said that where you find one blade of grass, leave two,” said Governor Mead. “The Environmental Stewardship Tour and Leopold Conservation Award celebrate those who have truly left more for future generations, all the while feeding the country and preserving our open spaces and ranching heritage.”

There is a full day of activities scheduled that will include a ranch welcome, award presentation, lunch, transportation on the tour lasting from approximately 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, with an evening social and dinner.

A welcome and ranch presentation given by the Garrett family will begin at 9 AM, followed by the awards ceremony. Lunch will be served at 11:30 AM, and the tour will begin at 1 PM and ending approximately 5:00 PM. There will also be a social and banquet at 6:00 PM. Attendees are welcome to join in any of the day’s activities and are urged to RSVP by June 14th to the WSGA office at 307-638-3942. Transportation for the tour from the Garrett Ranch will be provided by the Natrona County School District.

Information about the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Tour, including directions to the ranch, is available online at the WSGA Events Page at www.wysga.org under “Member Center”, then “Events”.

The Leopold Conservation Award® in Wyoming is made possible through the support of The Monaghan Foundation, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, World Wildlife Fund and Rocky Mountain Power.

A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center on 800 N. Poplar Street in Casper, WY. Guests can identify themselves with the WY Stock Growers Association on or before June 14, 2017 to reserve a room from the block. If you plan to attend, please bring sun block, mosquito spray, and clothing suitable for a day outdoors.

ABOUT THE LEOPOLD CONSERVATION AWARD®
The Leopold Conservation Award® is a competitive award that recognizes landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. The award consists of a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold and $10,000. Sand County Foundation presents Leopold Conservation Awards in California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

ABOUT SAND COUNTY FOUNDATION
Sand County Foundation (www.sandcountyfoundation.org) is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to working with private landowners across North America to advance ethical and scientifically sound land management practices that benefit the environment.

ABOUT THE WYOMING STOCK GROWERS ASSOCIATION

Since 1872, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association has served the livestock business and families of Wyoming by protecting their economic, legislative, regulatory, judicial, environmental, custom and cultural interests. We promote the role of the cattle industry in resource stewardship, animal care and the production of high-quality, safe and nutritious beef. Learn more atwww.wysga.org or call 307-638-3942.

Submitted to The BARN by:

Haley J. Lockwood

Communication, Publications & Programs Director

WSGA/WCW Young Producers Assembly Secretary

Wyoming Stock Growers Association

WSGA: Shaping and Living the Code of the West Since 1872

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P.O. Box 206, Cheyenne, WY 82003

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