Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation




The Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation supports many other projects in Wyoming. Those projects include:

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.

Trout Run Fishery Enhancement - This project, located in Saratoga, includes stream bank stabilization and monitoring for water quality changes to enhance and maintain fish habitat.

Future Farmers of America Environment & Natural Resource Contest - For the past several years, the Foundation has provided sponsorship for this contest that includes a national and global issues interview, environmental and natural resource problem solving component. 

Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom Bookmark Contest and Teacher Institute- The Bookmark Contest has categories related to energy & natural resources, farm & crop production, ranch & livestock predator management, water & soil and weed & pest .  The Teacher Institute provides tools and lessons for teachers to utilize in their classrooms.  The Foundation is proud to support these educational efforts.

Wyoming Resource Education Days (WyRED) - This five-day camp is held each summer.  The Foundation works with the Society for Range Management and local Conservation Districts to provide range education to participants.

Wetland Development - The Foundation sponsored an Intermountain West Joint Venture grant on behalf of the Star Valley Conservation District resulting in a wetland development in Lincoln County.

Groundwater Education - The Foundation hosted the Pathway to Water Quality tent during the Wyoming State Fair.  The past few years efforts have focused on groundwater education and over 500 fair goers visited the booth last year. In addition, the Foundation continued to promote National Groundwater Awareness Week and held sessions on agriculture compliance of spill prevention regulations. 





Gary Beach Memorial Scholarship

     The Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation (WNRF) awards the Gary Beach memorial scholarship each year.  This $1,200 scholarship 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 will be accepted until May 30, 2019 and should be submitted to Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation; Bobbie Frank, Executive Director; 517 E. 19th Street; Cheyenne, WY 82001 or bobbie.frank@conservewy.com.  

          Scholarship Criteria

          Application - Due May 30, 2019

Nonpoint Source Information and Education Project

The WNRF implemented a Clean Water Act Section 319 grant.  Through that grant, the Foundation helped local Districts host World Day of Monitoring activities that included over 1,100 students and 84 adult volunteers.  The Wyoming Watershed Progress Report 2015 was also published and distributed to more than 300 local, state and federal officials and agencies and  video highlighting work in the Little Snake River Conservation District was produced and published on the YouTube channel.  Please review the Final Report for more information on this grant program.

Living Legacy Program

      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 so they initiated a program to accept donations to be used to purchase and plant new 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 2016 donors: Wyoming State Fair and Wyoming Pioneer Association.  For more information on how to become a donor, please contact the WNRF at 307-632-5716 or bobbie.frank@conservewy.com.  Donations are being accepted for the care and maintenance of trees on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds.  New tree plantings are pending the Fairgrounds Master Plan.

2015 Living Legacy Program donors were recognized at the dedication ceremony held during the Wyoming State Fair on August 14. 

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

2017 Living Legacy Program Map

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.
     In June 2009, a Plains Cottonwood tree was planted at the Wyoming State Fair Grounds in Douglas 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.


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.

Urban & Community Forestry Report

The WNRF is excited to present a report highlighting some of the most outstanding examples of Urban & Community Forestry Projects from across the state of Wyoming.  This publication was published in part with funds from a Wyoming State Forestry grant trhough the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry Program.  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.

2018-2023 Strategic Plan

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