Bert Jellison was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for the application of the art and science of range management in Wyoming, greatly through his work as the Terrestrial Wildlife Habitat Coordinator for Sheridan Office of the WGFD, a co-manager of the Wilwalka Ranch in Banner, and a 25-year member of the SRM. Bert was nominated by Phil Gonzales, a CPRM in Buffalo, for his strong partnership efforts and for providing many wildlife habitat conservation opportunities through partnerships, technical assistance, workshops, presentations and publications. “Bert has always been the leader in providing coordination of educational and outreach components for healthy, diverse, and sustainable ecosystems.”
Bert also works with his wife, Debbie, on the Wilwalka Ranch north of Buffalo where he designs, applies and monitors the grazing management strategies to improve rangeland, hayland, and riparian values. In addition, Bert has taken the lead in many ecological monitoring programs outside of the ranch, to include rangeland surveys, monitoring, and treatments. His recent publications include: Response of Prairie Stream Restoration Buffers to Livestock Exclusion an Short-Duration Grazing in Northeast Wyoming – a Pre- and Post-Photographic Comparison; Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer; Sage-grouse Habitat Conservation Benefits Resulting From Leafy Spurge Integrated Pest Management in Northeast Wyoming; and Managing for Beaver on the Bighorn National Forest.
Phil, a consultant and recently retired District Conservationist for the NRCS in Buffalo, has worked with Bert for 20 years. “He was always the one to go to when I wanted to make sure that our programs had those extended benefits for wildlife. Bert developed all of our habitat plans used in the development of grazing strategies, provided monitoring and training, managed partners’ dollars, and reviewed plans. With Bert’s commitment to resource management and personal experiences, we developed strong partnerships in riparian and IPM projects,” according to Phil. “Bert truly has a heart for rangeland management and lives it, daily. We can see this on the land.”