Partners of the Year

Dave Kimble

WWNRT 2021 Partner of the Year

David Kimble, Field Biologist with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Partners for Fish and Wildlife program was named the 2021 "Partner of the Year" by the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust on Monday. This is an annual honor bestowed on an individual or organization to recognize outstanding conservation achievement on the ground in Wyoming. The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust has allocated more than $107 million to projects statewide in the past 15 years, with an actual on-the-ground cost of more than $750 million.

Kimble was recognized for his work in southwestern Wyoming, primarily in the areas of wetland development and river restoration.

"Dave Kimble has become one of the real leaders in our work in Wyoming," said Board Chair Kim Floyd. "His fingerprints are on major rivers, small streams, wetlands and other areas, and dozens of wildlife species are the beneficiary of his commitment and dedication."

In addition, Board members cited his ability to work with people of highly diverse backgrounds and bring multiple interests together on large-scale, ecosystem-based conservation efforts. These include local governments, conservation districts, state wildlife agencies, landowners, conservation organizations and others.

"Dave is easy-going and very, very knowledgable," said WWNRT Director Bob Budd. "He brings a lot to the table for everyone, and he does it in a manner that is inclusive and non-confrontational. He gets stuff done - done well and done fast."

Amy Anderson

2020 WWNRT Partner of the Year

Amy Anderson, Wildlife Habitat Biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Lander, was named the "Partner of the Year" for 2020 by the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust at a presentation before the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission in Thermopolis last week.

In making the presentation, WWNRT Executive Director Bob Budd said that while many partners make projects work on the ground, "it takes someone who can be a catalyst, a designer, a dreamer and a doer. That describes Amy Anderson to a tee."

Budd said Anderson has worked with the Trust on numerous projects over the past 15 years, but was singled out particularly for her work to reduce conifer encroachment and enhance aspen habitats in central Wyoming.

"Aspen habitats are one of the most important to a huge variety of species in Wyoming and the northern rockies," Budd said, "and Amy has impacted thousands of acres in multiple counties. This is a huge boost for a habitat type that needs help and attention."

The Director pointed out that the efforts were not always easy, with partners getting on and off point, but "Amy wouldn't quit. That made her a unanimous selection this year."

Ian Tator

2019 WWNRT Partner of the Year

Congratulations to Ian Tator, Statewide Habitat Manager for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Ian was named WWNRT's 2019 Partner of the Year at the August Board Meeting in Riverton on August 23. Ian has been instrumental in assisting and organizing many WWNRT projects throughout the years and was recognized for his dedication. Thank you, Ian!!

Leah Burgess named WWNRT 2018 Partner of the Year!

The WWNRT Board of DIrectors are pleased to announce that Leah Burgess, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, was chosen as the 2018 Partner of the Year at the August Board meeting. Leah has been instrumental in assisting WWNRT with many projects, including the Wapiti Ridge Conservation Easement, which was finalized in 2017. Congratulations, and many thanks. Leah, for your hard work and dedication!

Congratulations to our 2017 Partner of the Year:

The Nature Conservancy's Richard Garrett!

Richard was honored at the August 2017 WWNRT Board Meeting in Saratoga in appreciation of his continued hard work and support for conservation in Wyoming.

Thank you, and Congratulations, Richard! We are proud to have you as a Partner!

Richard Garrett of Lander was named the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust "Partner of the Year" at the August meeting and tour of the agency in Carbon County.

Garrett, who serves as the Director of External Affairs for The Nature Conservancy, was singled out for his continued and varying assistance to the habitat and natural resource enhancement mission of the WWNRT.

Board Chair Kim Floyd, Cheyenne, said, "Richard is constantly promoting the work we do, but equally looking for partners and potential projects throughout the State of Wyoming."

Floyd highlighted easement and habitat work, as well as legislative and regulatory efforts, and in particular, partnering and promotional opportunities. Saying "it seems nothing ever gets past Richard," Floyd explained Garrett's passion and continual efforts to assure the work of the WWNRT is recognized.

"Like many of our past recipients, Richard works behind the scenes, and really gets things done in a completely selfless manner."

Past recipients of the annual award include the Little Snake River Conservation District, Trout Unlimited (twice), Jennifer Doering - Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, Luke Lynch -The Conservation Fund, and Jill Randall - Wyoming Game and Fish Department.



WWNRT Chairman Kim Floyd presents Jill Randall with the Partner of the Year award for 2016.

WWNRT Partner of the Year Jill Randall working on a prescribed burn in the Wyoming Range.

The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust named Jill Randall, Pinedale, their 2016 Partner of the Year on Tuesday. The award is given annually to one group or individual for exemplary conservation work in Wyoming.

"Jill Randall is the epitome of conservation in western Wyoming," Board Chair Kim Floyd, Cheyenne, said in presenting the award. "She has been a consistent partner of ours since the inception of the trust, and the footprint of her work covers hundreds of thousands of acres, with dozens of different partners."

Randall, who is a regional habitat specialist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, was cited for her work in the Wyoming Range, particularly prescribed fire, mechanical treatments, research, and invasive species control to enhance habitat for mule deer. In addition, the WWNRT recognized her efforts to enhance and conserve habitat for Greater Sage-grouse, elk, moose, and other iconic species in western Wyoming.

Board Vice-Chair Steve Meadows, Jackson, said, "Jill's enthusiasm and energy is infectious. You get out in the field with her, and you see so much potential and so much accomplishment that you want to turn her loose on the rest of the world."

Meadows also lauded her ability to bring diverse groups together for a common cause. "She works well with everyone," he said. "You'll have landowners, conservation groups, state and federal agencies all sharing in the effort and the results, and that is exactly the kind of energy we need to get things done in Wyoming."

Predictably, Randall gave credit for the many successes in the area to her many partners.

"I have the great fortune to work with so many great landowners, biologists, habitat ecologist and others that this stuff is really fun." she said.

Randall began her career with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in 2003, working as a feedground biologist in Jackson. She has spent the last nine years as a terrestrial habitat biologist in Pinedale.

The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust is a statewide program that improves and restores wildlife habitat and enhances the natural resource values of the state. Since its inception in 2005, the WWNRT has funded more than 700 projects with nearly 120 different partners. The program has contributed to more than $300 million in improvements on private, state and federal lands and waterways.

The emphasis on cheatgrass elimination and control is not new, according to board Vice Chairman Steve Meadows, Jackson, but reflects both a more concerted effort to get ahead of the issue, and the potential for improved chemical and biological controls to the invasive annual grass.

"We are helping to test and evaluate different methods of eradication in various parts of the state in the hope that we can zero in on the best management practices for different soil types, elevations, moisture patterns and other factors," Meadows said. "This plant has the capacity to radically alter some of our most valuable habitats, and we have the opportunity to head it off before it become a dominant feature on our landscapes."

The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust was created in 2005 and has worked with more than 120 different partners to fund more than 700 projects since that time. The direct economic impact of those projects has been more than $200 million in on-the-ground improvements in all 23 Wyoming counties.

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