Sommers chosen as recipient of 2019 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award

Pictured, from the left, are Jennifer Hayward, Jonita Sommers, Albert Sommers and Sue Sommers. Courtesy photo

The Wyoming Stock

Growers Land Trust is happy to announce

that Albert Sommers of Pinedale will be the

recipient of the 2019 Kurt Bucholz Conservation

Award. Sommers is being recognized

for his exceptional support of agricultural

land conservation, private property and

water rights. Sommers was nominated by

his sister Jonita Sommers, Pinedale National

Resources Conservation District Conservationist

Jennifer Hayward and Wyoming

Stock Growers Association Executive Vice

President Jim Magagna.

The Bucholz Conservation Award is

given in memory of the late Dr. Kurt Bucholz,

DVM, rancher from Carbon County

and early supporter of the WSGLT. The

Bucholz Award winner encompasses the

values and stewardship goals that Bucholz

exemplified in his life. Bucholz had a unique

understanding of water and land issues and

worked to protect the historic water rights

that are fundamental to the North Platte Valley.

Hayward spoke about Sommers unique

view on Wyoming agriculture and conservation,

saying, “Albert’s fusion of past history

along with his vision for the future gives him

a perspective that instills respect and confidence

for his views on ranching in the Upper

Green River Valley. He embodies the spirit

that Kurt Bucholz displayed in his life and

work.”

Wyoming House Rep. Sommers, District

#20, is an active participant and advocate for

Wyoming agriculture, wildlife and conservation,

representing them in the Wyoming

Legislature and on many boards, working

groups and panels regionally and nationally.

Sommers has also served as president of the

Green River Valley Cattlemen’s Association

and the Upper Green River Cattle Association,

and has been a member of the Wyoming

Stock Growers Association for more

The Wyoming Stock

Growers Land Trust is happy to announce

that Albert Sommers of Pinedale will be the

recipient of the 2019 Kurt Bucholz Conservation

Award. Sommers is being recognized

for his exceptional support of agricultural

land conservation, private property and

water rights. Sommers was nominated by

his sister Jonita Sommers, Pinedale National

Resources Conservation District Conservationist

Jennifer Hayward and Wyoming

Stock Growers Association Executive Vice

President Jim Magagna.

The Bucholz Conservation Award is

given in memory of the late Dr. Kurt Bucholz,

DVM, rancher from Carbon County

and early supporter of the WSGLT. The

Bucholz Award winner encompasses the

values and stewardship goals that Bucholz

exemplified in his life. Bucholz had a unique

understanding of water and land issues and

worked to protect the historic water rights

that are fundamental to the North Platte Valley.

Hayward spoke about Sommers unique

view on Wyoming agriculture and conservation,

saying, “Albert’s fusion of past history

along with his vision for the future gives him

a perspective that instills respect and confidence

for his views on ranching in the Upper

Green River Valley. He embodies the spirit

that Kurt Bucholz displayed in his life and

work.”

Wyoming House Rep. Sommers, District

#20, is an active participant and advocate for

Wyoming agriculture, wildlife and conservation,

representing them in the Wyoming

Legislature and on many boards, working

groups and panels regionally and nationally.

Sommers has also served as president of the

Green River Valley Cattlemen’s Association

and the Upper Green River Cattle Association,

and has been a member of the Wyoming

Stock Growers Association for more

than 30 years.

Rooted in Sublette County, Sommers’

passion for ranching has led him to accomplish

a multitude of projects in the Pinedale

area. The Sommers family, in partnership

with Maggie Miller and the WSGLT, protected

19,000 acres of agricultural land and

wildlife habitat with the Sommers-Grindstone

Conservation Project, which represents

one of the largest habitat and public access

projects accomplished in Wyoming.

Sommers commented on the importance

of receiving this award, saying, “Agriculture

is becoming less and less a priority when it

has to produce more and more. The value in

this award is recognizing conservation on

Sommers chosen as recipient of 2019 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award

From the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust

working lands. Some may think that conservation

just happens, but it takes really hard

work from really dedicated people.”

Sommers’ father ingrained in him the

idea: “If you take care of the land, it will

take care of you.” This mindset is evident in

the dedication Sommers brings to his advocacy.

He frequently attends and presents at

Western Landowners Alliance symposiums,

serves as a panelist for the Regional USDA

Climate Hub on climate issues related to

ranching and was a founding member of

the Sublette County Invasive Species Task

Force.

This mindset also shows itself in the

many awards Sommers has received including

the 2012 Wyoming Environmental Stewardship/

Leopold Conservation Award, the

2013 Landowner of the Year Award from

the Wyoming Game and Fish and the 2012

Outstanding Contributions to Sage Grouse

Initiative award.

Sommers is always willing to lend a hand

in the community, has participated in many

interviews, videos and tours about ranching

and wildlife in the Upper Green River Valley

and was a driving force in receiving recognition

for the Green River Drift in the National

Register of Historic Places. The Sommers

family’s dedication to the history of Sublette

County and the homesteaders who cleared

the way for ranchers of today can be seen

in the Sommers Homestead Living History

Museum, located on their family ranch.

Albert Sommers will be presented with a

bronze statue sculpted by the talented Wyoming

artist Jerry Palen, at the Wyoming

Stock Growers Land Trust’s 18th Annual

Roundup Fundraiser and Barbeque at the

Rambling M Ranch outside of Cody on Aug.

24.

Tickets can be purchased by visitingwww.

wsgalt.org/ourevents/, emailing [email protected]

wsgalt.org, or by calling 307-772-8751.

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