Padlock Ranch named Leopold Conservation Award winner
The Wyoming Stock Growers Association and Sand County Foundation are proud to recognize the Padlock Ranch as the recipient of the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award. Given as part of the Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Award Program, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes private landowners who practice responsible land stewardship and management.
The award will be presented at the Wyoming Stock Growers Association summer convention, June 5 to 8 in Cheyenne. The ranch will also be featured at the 2013 Environmental Stewardship Tour July 9.
On 500,000 acres spanning the Wyoming-Montana border, Padlock Ranch operates a sustainable and profitable cattle operation raising natural beef.
"Successful ranches enable the community to continue to have vast amounts of open space that would otherwise be used for uses that would not enhance water and air quality, wildlife habitat and provide recreational opportunities to the public," said Wayne Fahsholtz, president and CEO of Padlock Ranch. "When I came here 10 years ago, we really had the opportunity to look at our practices and decide what we needed to do to have as good a ranch as we could and to grow as much grass as possible."
Padlock Ranch is owned by the Homer Scott family and has been operating since 1943. Scott and his wife, Mildred, started the operation on 3,000 acres and continued to grow the property to its current size.
The $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award, which is presented as the most prestigious award within the Wyoming Stock Growers Association's Environmental Stewardship Program, recognizes Wyoming ranchers who demonstrate outstanding, sustainable management of natural resources. The Leopold Conservation Award is presented in honor of famed conservationist and author Aldo Leopold, who called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.
"We salute the owners and operators of Padlock Ranch for their dedication to conservation practices that make them great stewards of the land," said Sand County Foundation President Brent Haglund, Ph.D. "They exemplify what our Leopold Conservation Award stands for."
"Each year the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and our partners look forward to honoring more landowners for the contribution they make to our state's economy, environment and culture," said WSGA Executive Vice President Jim Magagna.
Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., Peabody Energy, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the Monaghan Foundation sponsor the Leopold Conservation Award in Wyoming.
The deadline for nominations is July 12. For more information, visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org.
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 at www.wysga.org or call 307-638-3942.
Sand County Foundation is a private, non-profit conservation organization dedicated to working with private landowners to improve habitat on their land. In the spirit of Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac, the Foundation encourages the exercise of private responsibility in the pursuit of improved land health. www.sandcounty.net.