Sommers-Grindstone Conservation Project wins Sunset magazine 2012 Environmental Award for ‘Best ranchland’
The Sommers-Grindstone Conservation Project was Sunset magazine's choice for "Best ranchland" for their 2012 Environmental Awards in the March 2012 edition.
by Pinedale Online!
February 19, 2012
Sunset magazine’s March issue has their 2012 Environmental Awards. In it, the Sommers-Grindstone Conservation Project won their choice for the "Best ranchland" award. The magazine gave awards for "Best Shoreline", "Best local landtrust and best visitor center", "Best educational program", "Best addition to a national park", "Best lake", "Best capital of green", "Hero: lifetime achievement", "Hero: 40 and under", "3 most endangered lands in the west". The magazine described the awards as, "Here are the people and organizations working hard to preserve the most special places of the West."
The ranchland award was written by Peter Fish and Sophie Egan.
Click here to view the Sommers-Grindstone Conservation Project Best Ranchland award in the online version of Sunset magazine: http://www.sunset.com/travel/outdoor-adventure/sunset-2012-environmental-awards-00418000074785/page7.html
Our 2012 Environmental Awards
What didn’t happen here: Nothing against Jackson Hole, but we don’t need two of them so close together.
Why it’s a winner: The 19,000 acres of the Sommers-Grindstone Conservation Project will remain undeveloped, keeping it as it was in the early 1900s. Neighboring properties along the Upper Green River in western Wyoming, Sommers Ranch and Grindstone Cattle Co. are almost as old as the state itself. When the current ranching generation realized they had to keep developers at bay, they joined forces with the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust. Together they created four conservation easements to keep the land in ranching and preserve valuable wildlife habitat. Costing $19.7 million and stretching nearly 30 square miles, Sommers-Grindstone is Wyoming’s biggest-ever open space project.
Take a ride: The best of Sommers-Grindstone is along the Green River west of Pinedale. The restored 1908 Sommers ranch house opens later this year. In Pinedale, stop at the Wind River Brewing Co. ($$) for food and suds, then hit Museum of the Mountain Man (opens May 1; $5; mmmuseum.com) for early-1800s history.
Click here to view all their 2012 >environmental awards: http://www.sunset.com/travel/outdoor-adventure/sunset-2012-environmental-awards-00418000074785/page13.html.