Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation








Annual Fundraiser

Your $25 tax-deductible donation to the WNRF enters you in a drawing to win a 2014 John Deere XUV 550 Gator, or half of a grass fed beef.  The drawing will be held on November 19, in Sheridan at the WACD/WNRF state convention.  Only 650 tickets will be distributed.

The Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation (WNRF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to conserving Wyoming’s natural resources, heritage and culture.  The WNRF is a sister organization to the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts. 

The WNRF is working with conservation districts to:

· Protect Wyoming’s natural resource and agricultural tax base

· Protect and promote wise and multiple use of Wyoming’s natural resources

· Promote and enhance water quality and quantity, wildlife habitat, conservation forestry and education

· Support locally led water quality and watershed planning efforts

· Enhance the capacity of local districts to better serve their constituents

· Provide a scholarship to a Wyoming student through the Gary Beach Memorial Scholarship

· Administer the Olin Sims Endowment Fund

· Provide youth and adult natural resource education, and more...

Special thanks to Stotz Equipment and Rafter H Cattle

Gary Beach Memorial Scholarship

University of Wyoming student awarded Beach scholarship

Cheyenne - -“We are pleased to award the Gary Beach Memorial Scholarship to Rebecca Burton, a Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management student at the University”, said Bobbie Frank, Executive Director of the Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation.

Burton plans to stay in Wyoming and use her education to preserve and protect Wyoming’s wildlife.  She hopes to gain employment with the Wyoming Game & Fish Department as a Wildlife or Fisheries Biologist upon graduation.

Burton graduated from Saratoga Middle High School in 2011.  In addition to her studies, Burton is employed by the Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District as a seasonal Resource Technician

The Gary Beach scholarship was created in 2006 by the Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation in honor of Gary Beach, a long time employee of the Department of Environmental Quality. Beach was instrumental in working with local conservation districts to establish a grassroots driven watershed planning effort to address Wyoming’s impaired waters.    Thanks to the generosity of Beach’s family the scholarship has been continued.

The WNRF offered this $1,200 Gary Beach Memorial Scholarship to University of Wyoming students enrolled at junior status or higher.  Students studying natural resource management or related fields were encouraged to apply, and students planning to live and work in Wyoming after graduation were given preference during selection. For more information visit www.wynaturalresourcefoundation.com.

Living Legacy Program

2013 Tree Location Guide or click here to download the pdf version

2014 Living Legacy Program Map

In 2006 the Wyoming Board of Agriculture created the Living Legacy Program.  The 100+ year old cottonwood trees at Wyoming State Fair Park were being removed to their age.  The trees were unsafe, and unsightly.  The Board felt they could replace those trees with new healthy ones so they initiated a program where people could donate trees. 

Due to overwhelming interest, the program has been expanded to include installation of beautiful tree guards to provide added protection to the new trees and beautify the State Fair Park.  The Board of Agriculture has partnered with the Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation to enhance the program. 

We would like to thank the 2014 donors: Craig & Carol Cooper Family, Jack & Stanetta Twiford, Jay & Linda Butler, Robinson Ranch and Helluva Hunt.  For more information on how to become a donor, please contact the WNRF at 307-632-5716 or bobbie.frank@conservewy.com.  Additional information on donations for the 2015 season should be available after the first of the year. 

2014 Living Legacy Program donors were recognized at the dedication ceremony held during the Wyoming State Fair on August 15. 

2014 Chuck and Chip Golf Tournament

The Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation and the Wyoming FFA Foundation had another successful Chuck and Chip Golf Tournament in 2014. We are already making plans for 2015.  Congratulations to the 2014 Winners:

1st Place Team- Ed Merrill, Dave Hatten, Kevin Teton, Joey Johnson
2nd Place Team - Laura Drake, Tina Hunter, Joe Hunter, John Carey
3rd Place Team - Nick Siddle, Ty Berry, Craig Spatz, Damien Christensen
4th Place Team- Keith Geis, Brett Malm, Aaron Bentley, Joe Holtzclaw
Closest to the Pin #2 - Evan Helenbolt
Closest to the Pin #5 - Aaron Bentley
Ladies Closest to the Pin #3 - Jeanie Wolford
Longest Drive #10 - Justin Binfit
Ladies Longest Drive #10 - Catie Lohse
Men's Longest Putt #16 - Randy Mrsey
Ladies Longest Putt #16 - Laura Drake


2013 WNRF Annual Report

Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation | 517 E. 19th Street | Cheyenne, WY 82001 | phone: (307) 778-8335 | fax: (307) 638-4099 | bobbie.frank@conservewy.com