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Release Date: 09/06/12
Contacts: Tom Gorey , 202-912-7420  

BLM Announces Winner of 2012 Rangeland Stewardship Award

WINNEMUCCA, Nevada –The Bureau of Land Management today announced the winner of the agency's Rangeland Stewardship Award for 2012, which went to the 16-member Kirby Creek Coordinated Resource Management Group from Worland, Wyoming. BLM-Nevada State Director Amy Lueders presented the award on behalf of BLM Acting Director Mike Pool at the annual fall meeting of the rancher-based Public Lands Council, which met in Winnemucca, Nevada.

The Worland group was recognized for significantly improving riparian conditions, rangeland vegetation, and soil stabilization on the Kirby Creek watershed – which has in turn benefitted wildlife habitat – through the implementation of innovative land-management practices.

“These BLM partners stand out among their peers in their commitment to promoting well-managed public lands that provide for a variety of resource values and uses, such as wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, and livestock grazing,” Lueders said.

Lueders added, “While many people are aware that livestock grazing is one of the authorized commercial uses of public lands, it’s important to keep in mind that this activity can also help manage plant communities and accomplish conservation goals. In short, grazing is a method for reaching desired future land conditions.”

The 16 members of the Kirby Creek group who worked in coordination with the BLM are: Kirby Creek Ranch (Everett Jones); V Ranch (Jim and Terry Wilson); Henthorne Ltd. Partnership (Tad and Vendla Henthorne); Reed Creek Ltd. Partnership (Linda Reed); Mishurda Mountain Ranches (Birg and Debbie Mishurda); Russell Ranch (Tom and Colleen Anderson); Paradise K Ranch (Pat Kelly); Chuck Bunch Redland Ranch (Mike and Lisa Kimsey); Joe and Karen Gloyd; Brett and Isabel Belden; Barry and Cindy Nye; Jim Kirsch (Project Manager); Jim Mischke (Natural Resources Conservation Service); Dawn Peil (Natural Resources Conservation Service); Amy Anderson (Wyoming Game & Fish); and Carla Thomas (Hot Springs Conservation District).
The BLM has presented its Rangeland Stewardship Award every year since 2006. 

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 09-06-2012