Another beautiful August afternoon in Wyoming, another stunning setting for this year’s Annual Roundup BBQ! The Warren Livestock Company, owners Doug and Susan Samuelson, Carol McMurry and Pat Spieles were hosts to over 300 supporters of Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, many learning for the first time, what we do.
The day began with a tour of the Land Trusts largest easement – over 30,000 acres! In a parade of trucks, almost 100 people took advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this historic ranch the way you can’t see from the road. Hearing from Doug about the history of the ranch, taking them all the way to today’s operations, people learned first-hand how the conservation easement program can help Wyoming’s ranches and ranching families.
Then came a wonderful chance for our guests to mingle with the Board of Directors, Trustees, Landowners and staff! While enjoying the cocktail hour, the silent auction – over 100 items! – were battled over. The Land Trust raised over $8,500 during this year’s Silent Auction. Thank you to all that participated!
During the delicious steak dinner, we celebrated the many successes of The Land Trust. Rob Hendry (Conservation Chair) and Bo Alley (Conservation Director) recognized Reid Rosenthal, recent Easement land owner, with a Land Trust Buckle. The Bucholz Award was presented to Alan Barnett and a special presentation made to Annaliese Wiederspahn and Cynthia Lummis in memory of Al Wiederspahn – a founding member of The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the Conservation Acres Paddle Raiser was a huge success. We raised a record $19,650 – and 19 people went home with a keepsake – a bag of range land seed donated by Wind River Seeds!
Then the bidding wars began! Our Live Auction this year was filled with surprises as the Name in a C.J. Box novel was being vied over by two parties. Finally, C.J. – in attendance – offered the prize to both competitors – thank you, C.J. – for your support! Randall Luthi and Rory Cross will soon be appearing in a C.J. Box novel. The final win of the night went to Rob Hendry who is walking (or riding) away with the beautiful vintage carriage, donated by John and Susie Lunt.
The evening ended with great music from Wyoming’s own Brand 307 and we danced into the night. What a evening!