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Wyo's conservation districts, range managers meet

Wyo's conservation districts, range managers meet

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wyo's conservation districts, range managers meet
A report by Wyoming PBS News partner, Wyoming Business Report

By Business Report Staff

LANDER — Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands & Waters, will speak Wednesday at the joint convention of the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts and the Wyoming Chapter of the Society of Range Management, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Best Western Inn in Lander.

Pregracke will talk about growing up on the Mississippi River and how those river experiences led to his unique vision to clean it up. He also will discuss the importance of setting goals, and show how determination, hard work and persistence pay off.

He has received more than 40 awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service, and was one of seven finalists for the Field & Stream Heroes of Conservation award. His projects have been featured on CNN, MTV and PBS, as well as “The Today Show,” “CBS Sunday Morning Show” and “NBC Nightly News.”

Other topics at the three-day convention, which ends Nov. 17, include Wyoming’s newly established Rangeland Health Assessment Program, the governor’s Sage Grouse Executive Order and Implementation, and scientific sessions covering rangeland and reclamation practices, methods for monitoring rangeland conditions, and other topics pertinent to Wyoming.

An online auction will be held Wednesday evening. Visit www.conservewy.com or www.rangelands.org/Wyoming for more information.

The Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts represents the state’s 34 conservation districts and 170 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For nearly 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices.

The Society for Range Management, Wyoming Chapter is the professional society dedicated to supporting people who work with rangelands and have a commitment to their sustainable use. SRM is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable management of rangelands for the present and future generations.

Wyoming Business Report