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Padlock Ranch named environmental stewardship award finalist

The Padlock Ranch, recipient of this year's Leopold Conservation Award in Wyoming, has been named as a regional finalist for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's (NCBA) Environmental Stewardship Award.

Padlock Ranch operates a sustainable and profitable cattle operation on 500,000 acres in Wyoming and Montana. Owned by the Scott family and managed by President and CEO Wayne Fahsholz, Padlock was among regional finalists from across the country recognized for their commitment to environmental stewardship during a ceremony at the NCBA's summer conference in Denver. The national Environmental Stewardship Award winner will be named in early 2014.

The 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award winners, Gary and Sue Price of Texas, were also Leopold Conservation Award recipients.

The Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) was created to recognize beef producers who make environmental stewardship a priority on their farms and ranches while they also improve production and profitability. It also provides fellow cattle producers with examples and ideas that may be useful on their own farm and ranching operations.

"The owners and managers of Padlock Ranch exemplify a land ethic by their commitment to enhancing the land, water and wildlife and creating a benefit to the broader community," said Sand County Foundation President Brent Haglund.

"Wayne and Judy Fahsholtz, the Scott Family and the other dedicated people who operate the Padlock Ranch are excellent examples of ranchers who are committed to living as responsible stewards of the land," Wyoming Stock Growers Association Executive Vice President Jim Magagna said.

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"Peabody Energy is pleased to serve as a partner in recognizing the Padlock Ranch for outstanding land conservation practices. Sustainability at the Padlock Ranch exemplifies best practice in the industry, a standard Peabody achieves at its operations across Wyoming and around the world," said Peabody Energy – America's President Kemal Williamson. The $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award (www.leopoldconservationaward.org), named for renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, was presented to the Padlock Ranch at WSGA's Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show in June. The award is presented by Sand County Foundation, WSGA and Peabody Energy. F

–Wyoming Stockgrowers Association

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