Paying Tribute to True Friend of Conservation

The Nature Conservancy is honoring Delaine Roberts for his dedication to Wyoming’s wildlife

Evanston, WY | May 22, 2012

The Nature Conservancy is honoring Delaine Roberts for his dedication to Wyoming’s wildlife, wild places and working landscapes as well as his leadership as Chairman of the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust. The Nature Conservancy presented Roberts with an award during the Conservancy’s board meeting on Monday, May 21 in Evanston. 

During Roberts’ ongoing tenure as chairman, the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust has funded 250 projects in every county of Wyoming, having a positive impact on people and nature. 

"What we do is pretty simple,” said Delaine Roberts. “We help people do the right things for their own communities. We build the future of Wyoming - one little town, one little creek at a time. We let people dream, and in Wyoming, big dreams make things happen." 

Prime examples of Roberts’ belief in making the right things happen for local communities are the Ladder Ranch and LU Ranch, two projects managed by The Nature Conservancy and funded by the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust. 

The Nature Conservancy safeguarded the 1,518-acre Ladder Ranch in southwest Wyoming with conservation easements that support traditional agricultural uses, including cattle, sheep and hay enterprises. “Now, the Salisbury/O’Toole family can maintain, even expand their ranch recreation business while keeping vital wildlife corridors open,” said Andrea Erickson-Quiroz, state director for the Conservancy of Wyoming. “This partnership also protects critical ponds and wetlands that support one of the most robust populations of Columbian sharp-tailed grouse.” 

A partnership project on the LU Ranch in northwest Wyoming is improving wildlife habitat, water quality and range condition. As a result, the cattle are safer and healthier, strengthening the ranching business. It also conserves important lands and waters and ensures wildlife have open spaces to roam. 

“Delaine is a great friend of conservation,” added Erickson-Quiroz. “We’re delighted to call him a partner and to pay tribute to him and the tremendous work he’s done throughout the state.” 

In addition to his passion for conservation, Roberts has been dedicated to serving and protecting the people of Wyoming. He spent 8 years in the Wyoming Senate, 15 years as a U.S Marshall of Wyoming and served as sheriff for Lincoln County. The Etna, Wyoming native is a seasonal game warden. He and his wife, Nelda, have five children and 14 grandchildren. 

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Tracey Stone
The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming

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