Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation











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 bobbie.frank@conservewy.com.

Application - Due July 31, 2014
Scholarship Criteria

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Final phase of “Pathway to Water Quality” project construction completed

DOUGLAS - 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. 

This 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.

The 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.

The 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.

For more information on the project, please read the 2013 report or view the video on our YouTube page.. 

Wyoming Board of Agriculture - Living Legacy Program
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.

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