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APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR
Gary Beach Memorial Scholarship
The Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation (WNRF) will be awarding the
annual Gary Beach memorial scholarship. This $1,200 scholarship for
the 2014-15 school year is available to University of Wyoming
students enrolled at the Junior level or higher.
The Gary Beach scholarship was created in 2006 in honor
of Gary Beach, a long time Department of Environmental Quality
employee. Beach served for several years as the Administrator of
the water quality division and was instrumental in working with
local conservation districts to establish the local watershed
planning approach to address Wyoming’s impaired waterbodies.
University of Wyoming students focusing on natural
resource management are encouraged to apply. In order to be eligible
for the scholarship, the following criteria must be met: The
applicant must have completed at least 59 credit hours (be enrolled
at the junior level or higher) and have a cumulative grade point
average of at least 2.5. The applicant must be enrolled at the
University of Wyoming in one of the following academic majors:
environment and natural resources, water resources, rangeland
ecology and watershed management or a related field. Students
planning to live and work in Wyoming after graduation are given
preference during selection. Students who are Wyoming
residents are also given preference.
Applications, copy of official transcripts from all
colleges or universities attended and one letter of recommendation
must be submitted no later July 31, 2014 to the Wyoming Natural
Resource Foundation; Bobbie Frank, Executive Director; 517 E. 19th
Street; Cheyenne, WY 82001 or
- Due July 31, 2014
2014 Cowboy Chuck & Chip Golf Tournament
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information on becoming a sponsor.
Final phase of “Pathway to Water
Quality” project construction
A multi-year and multi-phase project to
protect water quality and educate Wyoming State Fair Park users on
innovative management practices is complete. “This
portion of the project includes the completion of the Wetland
Interpretive Park and includes the installation of a boardwalk,
handicap accessible path, interpretative signs and a gathering
area,” said Bobbie Frank, Executive Director of the Wyoming Natural
Resource Foundation. The boardwalk materials were donated by
Nature’s Composites out of Torrington. The company manufacturers
deck and fence materials using recycled products. The bid was
awarded to Phipps Construction out of Glenrock.
The “Pathway to Water Quality” is a
premier project that highlights the importance of water, riparian
and wetland resources and conservation to our state.
project has received funding support from industry including Cameco
and Encana, and several local, state and federal conservation
entities and organization. The project also received national
funding support through a grant received by the Converse County
Conservation District from the National Conservation Foundation.
project also included the installation of a Pathway along the North
Platte River and the start of the wetland interpretative area in
2012. The pathway is constructed of permeable pavers underlain with
a French drain system that diverts runoff to the wetland area. In
2011, a livestock grid material was installed at the livestock tie
out area and a permeable patio was installed in front of the Ag &
Natural Resources building.
Pathway partners include Encanca Oil and Gas (USA) Inc., Cameco
Resources, The Nature Conservancy, Converse County Conservation
District, Converse County Weed & Pest District, Wyoming Weed & Pest
Council, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department
of Environmental Quality/US EPA, Wyoming State Forestry Division,
Southeast Wyoming Resource Conservation & Development Council,
Wyoming Community Foundation, National Conservation Foundation, and
the Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation.
information on the project, please read the
2013 report or
video on our YouTube page..
Wyoming Board of Agriculture -
The Living Legacy Program has been working to "Bring Back
the Canopy" at the Wyoming State Fair since 2006. Since that
time, the program has planted over 160 trees throughout the state
fairgrounds. Due to overwhelming interest, the program has
been expanded to include installation of beautiful tree guards to
provide added protection to the new trees. In 2013 donations
were accepted for the care and maintenance of existing trees as well
as the purchase of tree guards for existing trees. At this
time, no new trees are being planted on the grounds.
On May 3, 2013 approximately 20
volunteers planted 8 trees and installed 36 additional tree guards.