Wyoming Leopold Award recipients Wayne and Judi Fahsholz, Ranchester, Wyo., will host the 2013 Environmental Stewardship Tour July 9 at the Padlock Ranch.
The annual event, hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Montana Stockgrowers and Wyoming Department of Agriculture, honors the Fahsholz' for their Leopold Conservation Award, considered a premier recognition of private land stewardship.
Via bus, touring visitors will showcase the land work done by the ranchers, including wildlife management efforts that led to their receiving the annual prize.
The tour, which starts at 8 a.m. at the ranch, includes a chuck wagon lunch on the Crow Indian Reservation sponsored by the stockgrowers association.
Stewardship presentations and an evening social event and banquet are also planned. Attendees are welcome to join in any of the activities.
On 500,000 acres spanning the Wyoming-Montana border, Padlock Ranch operates a sustainable and profitable "natural" cattle operation. "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," says Wayne Fahsholtz, president/CEO of the 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 a as good a ranch as we could and grow as much as possible."
Padlock is owned by the Homer Scott family and has been in operation since 1943. Scott and his wife, Mildred, launched the operation on 3,000 acres and continued to grow the property to its current size.
To attend, you must RSVP by this Friday, July 5, by calling (307) 638-3942. A block of rooms is reserved at the Sheridan Candlewood Suites, and reservations may be made by calling (307) 675-2100. Ask for the WSGA rate,
Bring sun block and mosquito spray.