Tri-State among Wyoming conservation award sponsors

Pat and Sharon O’Toole were honored by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Tri-State and others for their environmental stewardship on their 130-year-old cattle and sheep ranch in southern Wyoming.

Pat and Sharon O’Toole were honored by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association,
Tri-State and others for their environmental stewardship on their 130-year-old cattle and sheep ranch in southern Wyoming.

Tri-State is proud to be a sponsor of the coveted 2014 Leopold Conservation Awards that were given to ranchers and farmers in the states of Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming who demonstrated extraordinary achievement in environmental stewardship of their land. On July 10, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead proclaimed that date as Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Day in honor of the O’Toole family’s Ladder Ranch located in southern Wyoming.

The Environmental Stewardship Tour and celebration, held July 10, at the Ladder Ranch attracted nearly 100 government officials, legislators, sponsors, fellow ranchers and friends. The ranch visitors were treated to an all-day agenda of presentations, ranch tours, lunch, dinner and evening entertainment on this 1,600-acre scenic property located near the confluence of the Little Snake River and Battle Creek.

The Ladder Ranch, which is electrically served by Tri-State member Carbon Power & Light (Saratoga, Wyo.), has been in the Salisbury/O’Toole family since the 1880s.

The O’Toole family hosted a guided tour for their guests on Wyoming Environmental Stewardship day held July 10.

The O’Toole family hosted a guided tour for their guests on Wyoming Environmental Stewardship day held July 10.

In his proclamation, Gov. Mead stated, “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.”

“We have always believed that there is no inherent contradiction between production and conservation,” said Pat O’Toole. “Our family is honored and humbled to be included with the great ranches and great ranch families who have received this recognition,” he added.

“The stewardship of over 90 percent of Wyoming’s lands lies in the hands of our ranchers and farmers,” said Jim Magagna, executive vice president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. “The Ladder Ranch exemplifies the commitment of these stewards.”

Since 1993, the O’Toole’s cattle and sheep operation has been a part of Wyoming’s Coordinated Resource Management Program to conserve the abundant wildlife and watershed of the Little Snake River Valley. The Ladder Ranch is host to thriving populations of game, including elk, deer, antelope and over 150 species of birds.

The $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award, named for renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, was presented to the Ladder Ranch at the Wyoming Stock Growers Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show on June 6 in Cody, Wyo.

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