BLM Rangeland Stewardship Awards

Each year  BLM field managers from throughout the West nominate outstanding individuals who hold BLM grazing permits.  The award program began in 2006. A selection committee of ranchers, BLM employees, and representatives of environmental and conservation groups makes a recommendation for selection by the BLM Director. BLM has prepared video profiles of the winners which can be viewed below.

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2008 Rangeland Stewardship Award

Chris Black, Joseph Black & Sons, Bruneau, Idaho, for enhancing sagebrush and riparian habitat in the Big Springs, Idaho, grazing allotment.

The video describes Chris's flexible approach to managing the Big Springs allotment and a comprehensive monitoring program that helps make him a better manager. Results include fewer invasive species, increased groundwater, tighter plant spacing, and an impressive growth in the population of sage-grouse and big horn sheep.

Link to News Release on the 2008 awards.


2008 Rangeland Stewardship through Collaboration Award

Grazing Permitees and Partners who work with the BLM's Cody Field Office staff in Wyoming, for making a positive difference in rangeland conditions.

The video includes interviews with permittees Greg Flitner, Pam Kysar, and John Anderson, interest groups such as the Guardians of the Range, as well as and state and BLM employees on the use and improvement of public lands. BLM's Cody Field office manages a diverse region of the Yellowstone Basin, with bighorn sheep, mule deer, sage-grouse, and moose. Nearly 20 groups and permittees have been involved.

Link to News Release on the 2008 awards.


2007 Rangeland Stewardship Award

Jack Haworth, Rancher of Walden Colorado, for promotion of waterfowl productivity and other rangeland improvements in the North Park area of Colorado. 

The video describes Jack's work on the Haworth Ranch since he purchased it in 1990.  His ranch is located within the jurisdiction of BLM's Kremmling, Colorado, Field Office. Interviews include Jerry Jack of the Owl Mountain Partnership, who describes Jack's pride in managing the land. The video also describes the North Park Habitat Partnership Program, a partnership to promote sound ecosystem management in one of Colorado's premier ranching regions.

Link to News Release on the 2007 award.


2006 Rangeland Stewardship Award

Jim Baker, Filer, Idaho; Charles T. ("Bill") Thompson, Twin Falls, Idaho, and the Pleasant Valley Grazing Association, Eden, Idaho, for work on improving streamshide conditions and sage-grouse habitat in the Shoshone Basin. 

The video includes dramatic scenes of wildlife and livestock in the Shoshone Basin. The basin suffered a catastrophic fire in the 1960s, and the recovery has not been easy.  Beginning in the early 1990s, a working group was formed to deal with the issues in a cooperative way. Recent results show a dramatic improvement in sage-grouse and riparian areas.

Link to News Release on the 2006 award.


BLM Rangeland Stewardship Awards

Each year  BLM field managers from throughout the West nominate outstanding individuals who hold BLM grazing permits.  The award program began in 2006. A selection committee of ranchers, BLM employees, and representatives of environmental and conservation groups makes a recommendation for selection by the BLM Director. BLM has prepared video profiles of the winners which can be viewed below.

Note: Video files may take a while to download, depending on your connection speed.  Click the blue trianglular button to start each video.  If no videos appear, refresh the page.