Deadwood, S.D. – The Bureau of Land Management today announced the winner of the agency’s Rangeland Stewardship Award for 2013, which went to Beyeler Ranches of Leadore, Idaho, because of the Beyeler family’s dedication to improving land management through implementation of successful management practices on public land.
The award was presented by Lynda Boody, Chief of the BLM’s Rangeland, Riparian, and Plant Conservation Division, on behalf of BLM Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze. “Besides its economic and open space benefits, livestock grazing on public lands can help manage plant communities and accomplish conservation goals,” Boody said. “I congratulate the entire Beyeler family for their conscientious stewardship of public rangelands under the BLM’s jurisdiction.”
The presentation of the award took place at the annual fall meeting of the rancher-based Public Lands Council. All members of the family were on hand to receive the special annual BLM award – Merrill and Sharal Beyeler and their sons Bryant, Doug, and Curtis Beyeler.
The Beyelers’ two public land grazing allotments in the BLM’s Salmon Field Office both meet the Bureau’s standards for rangeland health and conform to the agency’s guidelines for livestock grazing. The health of this strategically grazed area, which includes sage grouse habitat, is evidenced by sagebrush recovery and an abundance of deep-rooted perennial grasses and native forbs.
“We are so proud of the work the Beyeler’s accomplish on their private and public lands,” said BLM Salmon Field Manager Linda Price. “They are very deserving of this award.”
The Beyeler family’s participation in restoration projects to improve aquatic and riparian habitats, conserve water, and remove fish-barrier irrigation structures has benefited the Lemhi County (Idaho) economy. This has occurred through the investment of salmon-restoration capital funds in farm infrastructure that has improved the profitability of farming operations.
“In our valley, the mentality has changed,” said Merrill Beyeler. “Now everyone is seeing the importance of doing these kinds of projects.”
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.