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
are accepted in approximately July of each year and should be
submitted to Wyoming Natural
Resource Foundation; Bobbie Frank, Executive Director; 517 E. 19th
Street; Cheyenne, WY 82001 or
- deadline June 30, 2017 -
Please submit all documentation electronically if possible.
Nonpoint Source Information and
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. 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 2015 donors: Bob & Peg
Taylor, Rita Russell, Wyoming Livestock Roundup, Millie
Sparks, the Janet Martin Family, Bernie and Sally Seebaum
and family, IGO Oil Field Services, Hardy Ranch, LLC, the
family of Orville and Bertha McIntosh, Converse County
Conservation District, family of Joe Rankin, family of Lee
and Edna Moore, and Betty Fear. For more information
on how to become a donor, please contact the WNRF at
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
2015 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.
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.
2012 progress. Thanks to our Partners for their continued
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.