Lander-area ranch receives WGFD ‘2020 Landowner of the Year Award’

The Asbell Family Ranch is one of seven landowners from across Wyoming that received the 2020 Landowner of the Year Award from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

A short video has been shared by WGFD about the Asbell Family and their contributions. The video can be watched below.

These awards, now in their 25th year, honor the outstanding practices in wildlife management, habitat improvement, access for hunters and anglers and conservation techniques by these individuals and families. 


In Wyoming half of all land is privately owned, which means that landowners have a significant impact on wildlife conservation. With that in mind, each year, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and Department acknowledge Wyoming landowners’ conservation efforts. These landowners also cooperate with Game and Fish to provide access to hunters and anglers on their properties. 

Wyoming Game and Fish Director Brian Nesvik said the Landowner of the Year award is a way to say thanks to landowners. 

“Today’s landowners are more than ranchers or farmers, they are key partners. Landowners preserve critical migration corridors, they improve habitat through costly enhancement projects, and they provide important access which allows for our hunting and angling heritage to continue into the future. Thank you.”

Award recipients are nominated by Game and Fish employees and selected by the regional leadership teams as model citizens for the conservation, ethical use and stewardship of Wyoming’s natural resources. The WYldlife Fund sponsored this year’s event. 

The 6 other landowners from across Wyoming who received recognition this year are:

  • The Hickey Family, Hickey Ranch- Green River Region
  • Bill and Beth White, The White Ranch – Sheridan Region
  • The True Family and Wayne Larson, foreman and Brandon Munn, ranch hand, Double Four Ranch/True Ranches- Laramie Region
  • Stacey and Janice Scott Family, Eagle Ridge Ranch- Casper Region
  • John and Nancy Joyce, JA Corp  – Cody Region
  • Jim and Charlotte Finley, High Lonesome Ranch  – Pinedale Region

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