Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation




The Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation supports many information and educational efforts. A few of those efforts are listed below:

Stately Trees of Wyoming - The Foundation was proud to assist in contributing to Project Learning Tree's production of the "Stately Trees of Wyoming" poster. The Foundation distributed over 200 of these posters to the Districts for display within public places throughout Wyoming's communities and schools.

Environmental Stewardship - Recognizing Wyoming ranchers with an outstanding stewardship ethic, the Foundation again provided sponsorship to the Wyoming Stock Growers Association's Environmental Stewardship Award and Tour.



Olin Sims Living Legacy Program
As a living legacy to Olin Sims, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is encouraging conservation districts, state associations of conservation districts, partners and friends of Olin to plant a tree in his memory.
     A Plains Cottonwood tree was planted at the Wyoming State Fair Grounds in Douglas (see top photo at left) as part of the Living Legacy program initiated by NACD. The Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Wyoming Conservation District Employees Association, and Wyoming Department of Agriculture planted the tree in honor of 2007 NACD President Olin Sims. Wyoming State Forestry was instrumental in the selection of the tree as well as the planting site. Members of Olin's family were on hand for the planting.
     Click here for more information on the Living Legacy Program. Click here for additional pictures of tree plantings held throughout the country.

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 2013-2014 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.
     Applications, copy of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended and one letter of recommendation must be submitted no later June 1, 2013 to the Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation; Bobbie Frank, Executive Director; 517 E. 19th Street; Cheyenne, WY 82001 or bobbie.frank@conservewy.com

Pathway to Water Quality
     The mission of the Pathway to Water Quality is to provide an outdoor classroom to education Wyoming citizens about water quality and their watersheds, and to showcase a variety of innovative and effective conservation approaches and technologies that can be used to protect the quality of Wyoming's waters.
View the report on 2012 progress.  Thanks to our Partners for their continued support.

WNRF 5-Year Strategic Plan

Urban & Community Forestry Report
View some short videos about the projects included in this report- make sure to download the brochure to get the full description of each project. If you'd like a copy of the brochure, you can request one by calling (307) 778-8335.

Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation | 517 E. 19th Street | Cheyenne, WY 82001 | phone: (307) 632-5716 | fax: (307) 638-4099 | bobbie.frank@conservewy.com