In celebration of Earth Day on Friday, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead will proclaim June 21 as Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Day. The governor will sign the proclamation on Earth Day, which is April 22.
"Governor Mead understands that Wyoming's farmers and ranchers are integral to the health of the state's natural resources," said Brent Haglund, president of Sand County Foundation. "We appreciate the governor's participation in this important celebration of sustainable agriculture on private lands."
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 tour features a ranching family whose natural resource stewardship practices contribute to the environment and enhance productivity and profitability. This family also is awarded the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award. The 2011 recipients of the award are Ryan and Teresa Fieldgrove of Buffalo.
"We believe it is important to honor Wyoming families like the Fieldgroves who are committed to living as responsible stewards of the land," said Jim Magagna, executive vice president, WSGA. "Earth Day is a time to remind the public that ranchers are the true stewards of Wyoming's natural resources."
Presented at the WSGA's Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show in June in Laramie, the Leopold Conservation Award is sponsored in Wyoming by Sand County Foundation (SCF) and its partners, WSGA, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., and Peabody Energy.
The award also is made possible through the support of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and Farm Credit.
For more information, or to attend the Environmental Stewardship Tour to be held June 21 near Buffalo, call WSGA at 307-638-3942 and ask for Kosha Olsen.
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