Monte Skinner presented Archie Lauer Award
Monte Skiner- 2016 Archie Lauer Award
Monte Skinner (right) being presented the Archi Lauer Award by Sublette County Weed and Pest District. Supervisor Andy Currah (center) and Wyoming Weed and Pest Council President Adrian Hunolt (left). Photo courtesy Sublette County Weed and Pest.
Kellie Sellers, Andy Currah, Julie Kraft, Audra Rouge, Monte Skinner and wife Donna Skinner. Photo courtesy Sublette County Weed and Pest.
Monte Skinner addressing the awards banquet audience after receiving the Archie Lauer award. Photo courtesy Sublette County Weed and Pest.
For Outstanding Contribution to a Weed and Pest program within a District
November 23, 2016
At the annual Wyoming Weed and Pest Councilís Fall Conference awards banquet held on November 2nd in Cody, Wyoming, Monte Skinner was presented with the "Archie Lauer Award".
This award is presented in honor of Archie Lauer, a former Weed and Pest District Supervisor from Niobrara County. The award is given to one Weed and Pest Board Member in Wyoming to recognize their outstanding contribution to a weed and pest program within a District.
Monte was nominated by the employees of Sublette County Weed and Pest District. He was awarded a plaque along with a photo titled "Awe Inspiring View" from local photographer Dave Bellís "Middle Fork Expedition" Album.
Below is an excerpt from the Sublette County Weed & Pest nomination:
Monte Skinner has served the Sublette County Weed and Pest District for 25 years. Prior to his service as a Weed and Pest board member, he served as a Sublette County Commissioner for 8 years. Being involved and serving the communities of Sublette County have been a big part of this manís life and he has done so with great passion and dedication. Serving as a Commissioner and as a Weed and Pest board member are just two of the many examples of his involvement and service to our County.
This individual has a love of the outdoors. For 49 years he was co-owner/operator of Skinner Brothers Outfitting and the Wyoming Outdoors Wilderness Camp based in Pinedale. This Wilderness camp taught not only wilderness survival and outdoor education, but also included problem-solving and instilling personal strength and values in youth as young as 8 years old. Having spent so many years in our backcountry, he understands the importance of managing invasive species and the impact they can have on our native environment.
Every year our District will hear from landowners who were referred to us by this Board Member, inquiring about weeds they have on their property and what control options are available. He has always understood the importance of education and has always supported our efforts as a District in educating landowners.
In the 25 years he has served as a board member it is a rare occasion for him to miss a board meeting, which shows his dedication to our District and its programs. He has been a huge supporter of District employees and has helped make our District what it is today. He has attended many Council meetings and on many occasions shouted from the back for everyone to speak up! He is always the first to support and attend any educational event that the supervisors of the District hold. He strongly believes in the education of the public, but also in the continuing education of Weed and Pest employees. Whenever we as employees ask the board to consider allowing us to upgrade any portion of our program and to use the best practices available, he supports us, and has on more than one occasion, referred back to the employees of the district to make the best management decision for our projects and weed management.
He is a veteran of WWII, an outdoor enthusiast, and still at his youthful age loves to ski in the winter, plant his garden in the spring and summer, and hunt in the fall. He is a great attribute to our District and supporter of the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council.
On behalf of all the employees of Sublette County Weed and Pest, it is my great pleasure to be able to present this yearís Archie Lauer Award to Monte Skinner. Board Member, Sublette County Weed and Pest.
--Andy Currah, Supervisor Sublette County Weed and Pest