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Montana ranchers depend on the land and its resources for their livelihood. Therefore, good management demands that they care for the environment for their own well-being as well as for future generations. Ranchers, as individuals and as an industry, are actively working to protect and improve the environment because they know environmental stewardship and good business go hand-in-hand.

Environmental Stewardship Award winners are prime examples of how environmental management benefits both the rancher’s bottom line and the resources in their care. That’s why the Montana Stockgrowers Association sponsors the Montana Environmental Stewardship Award Program. Montana ranchers have an outstanding reputation for their protection, care and enhancement of the natural resources that not only make our state beautiful, but make it ideal for raising top-quality cattle.

The goal of the Environmental Stewardship Award Program is to acknowledge producers who go the extra mile when it comes to preserving and enhancing the resources on their land. While the program highlights industry stewardship, it also provides cattlemen with examples and ideas which may be useful on their own farms and ranching operations. Established in 1991 by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, LLC, the national Environmental Stewardship Award Program provides an opportunity for the beef industry to showcase the stewardship and business practices that exist together on progressive farms and ranches.

State winners selected by the Montana Stockgrowers Association advance to the regional and national levels. Montana has a history of regional and national winners in the 22 years since the Environmental Stewardship Award Program was established. Help us continue this strong tradition by taking the time to apply for this prestigious award, or by nominating a producer in your area who has practiced environmentally sustainable practices or demonstrated conservation improvements on their land. Help us spread the message that cattlemen are the “original stewards of the land.”

Learn more about our most recent recipients of the ESAP recognition, the Two Creek Monture Ranch.

Applications for the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award Program are due by May 15. All materials must be submitted to kori@mtbeef.org or mailed to 420 N California, Helena, MT 59601.

You can nominate someone online, email your nomination, or mail it to the office. Questions? Please email kori@mtbeef.org.

The Montana Environmental Stewardship Award is funded in part by Montana Beef Producers with Checkoff Dollars.

Recipients of the Montana Environmental Stewardship Award Program go on to compete at the Regional and National levels. Below are past Montana ESAP winners and their highest level of achievement within the ESAP programs.

Montana State Winners

2017 - Two Creek Monture Ranch, Ovando

2016 - Cherry Creek Ranch, Terry

2015 - American Fork Ranch, Two Dot

2014 - LaSalle Ranch Inc., Havre

2013 - Padlock Ranch, Scott Family and Wayne Fahsholtz, Ranchester, Wyo

2012 - Bold Ranch, Robert and Annette Bold, Winifred

2011 - Keystone Ranches, Inc., Ismay

2010 - Ranchers Stewardship Alliance, Malta

2008 - Veseth Cattle Company, Malta

2007 - IX Ranch Company, Big Sandy

2006 - Mule Tracks Cattle Company, Malta

2005 - Rein Anchor Ranch, Melville

2004 - Barthelmess Ranch Corporation, Malta

2002 - Sieben Livestock, Cascade

2001 - Milesnick Ranch, Belgrade

2000 - Warm Springs Grazing Association, Alder

1999 - Christensen Ranch, Big Timber

1998 - Matador Cattle Co., Dillon

1997 - Tee Six Ranch, Choteau

1996 - Robert E. Lee Ranch, Judith Gap

1995 - Sitz Angus Ranch, Harrison

1994 - Ruffatto Land and Cattle Company, Hamilton

1993 - Ray Banister Ranch, Wibaux

1992 - Smith 6-S Ranch, Glen

Region V Winners

2016 - Cherry Creek Ranch, Terry

2015 - American Fork Ranch, Two Dot

2013 - Padlock Ranch, Ranchester, Wyo

2012 - Bold Ranch, Winifred

2008 - Veseth Cattle Company, Malta

2004 - Barthelmess Ranch Corporation, Malta

2002 - Sieben Livestock, Cascade

2001 - Milesnick Ranch, Belgrade

1998 - Matador Cattle Co., Dillon

1996 - Robert E. Lee Ranch, Judith Gap

1995 - Sitz Angus Ranch, Harrison

1992 - Smith 6-S Ranch, Glen

National Winners

1998 - Matador Cattle Co., Dillon

1996 - Robert E. Lee Ranch, Judith Gap