Wildlife habitats and the natural resource heritage of Wyoming

New Lecture series focuses on Natural Resources:

Wildlife habitats and the natural resource heritage of Wyoming

Sheridan, WY –The first presentation for Sheridan College’s Natural Resources Lecture Series, hosted by the Department of Agriculture and supported by a grant from the Diamond Cross Ranch, will take place from 6:30-8:00 p.m., Monday, December 6, in the CTEL auditorium on the Sheridan College main campus.

Entitled, How the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust helps Wyoming’s Communities, the Natural Resources Professional Lecture Series features Bob Budd, Executive Director of the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust from Riverton, WY.

“This lecture series is a real opportunity for the college to provide education to the community about our natural resources,” said SC Director of Agriculture Keith Klement. “We will be hosting one lecture per semester on various natural resource topics and this topic is particularly relevant to Sheridan and Johnson Counties.”

Prior to helping launch the WWNRT program, Budd was manager of Red Canyon Ranch, and Director of Land Management for The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming. In his work there, he was credited with developing and maintaining large-scale ecological processes, while maintaining economic production on a working cattle ranch. Before his tenure with TNC, Bob spent 15 years with the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, ten as Executive Director.

Bob Budd has a Master of Science degree in Range Management, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural Business and Animal Science, all from the University of Wyoming. He is also trained in Holistic Resource Management, and is a Certified Professional in Rangeland Management.

He is a past-president of the international Society for Range Management, and has worked in North America, China, and Africa to resolve natural resource issues. He has facilitated development of management plans for the Big Sandy River, Sage-grouse, and Bighorn Sheep in Wyoming.

Budd has been recognized for his stewardship by the Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, and Wyoming Game and Fish Department, among others.

Locally, Bob has worked with Sheridan Wyoming native Hardy Tate (District 4 Representative for WWNRT, Sheridan and Johnson Counties) and local landowners to restore, develop, mitigate, or further improve the wildlife habitat and natural resources in Sheridan and Johnson Counties.    Hardy has been in private practice since 1979 as a criminal defense attorney in Sheridan, as well as a past member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (1984-88) and is passionate about natural resource conservation, particularly riparian areas and grasslands.

Wyoming has benefited from nearly $22 million worth of projects approved by the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust, since its inception by the Wyoming Legislature in 2005.  The WWNRT is an independent state agency governed by a nine-member citizen board appointed by the Governor.

Light refreshments will be provided at 6:00 p.m.  Additional lectures in this series will occur each semester. For more information, contact Klement at 674-6446, ext. 3515.


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