Steve and Robin Boies, of Elko County, Nevada, were presented with the Public Lands Foundation’s (PLF) Commendation and Certificate of Appreciation for their efforts in community based landscape stewardship on public land administered by the federal Bureau of Land Management at a special ceremony at ranch headquarters on November 18, 2008. Tom Allen of the PLF, a national conservation organization, made the presentation at the meeting at the ranch.
“Boies Ranches has shown extraordinary initiative aimed at trying to spark a new way of dealing with natural resource management that advocates productive working relationships between agencies, land users, special interest groups, and other interested parties to peacefully resolve land use conflicts and lead to improved resource conditions that benefit all parties.
“The Boies family’s efforts do not stop at the boundaries of their ranch. Members of the family have traveled extensively to take part in various workshops, to spread their experiences to other parties, and to learn new techniques and concepts that can be applied in theft operations and on other landscapes in Nevada. We are pleased to be able to honor Boies Ranches for their efforts,” said Tom Allen, PLF representative in making the award.
In nominating Boies Ranches for the award, Ken Miller, the BLM’s Elko District Manager explained that Boies Ranches has consistently demonstrated a substantial commitment of time and effort in improving the land and the resources on it. Boies Ranches became an active participant in the Shoesole group, which is named after a historic brand of one of the larger historic ranch operations in the region.
This collaborative management group includes representatives from the BLM, the Boies family, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group, neighboring ranchers, and other members from the general communities and occasional participation from other federal and state agencies such as the Nevada Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This group has done much to foster better communication and relationships between these parties on many issues. It meets regularly to plan and review ranch management plans and seek improvement of resources.
The Public Lands Foundation honors the efforts of citizens who work to advance and sustain community-based stewardship on landscapes that include public lands administered by BLM. According to PLF Representative Allen, “The purpose of this program is to recognize and call public attention to these Individual and group efforts, to encourage this kind of vitally important public effort, and to call attention to the many values and management needs of our Lands.”
The Public Lands Foundation is a national non-profit organization, made up predominately of retired Bureau of Land Management employees, that advocates and works for the retention of Public Lands in public hands, professionally and sustainably managed for the responsible common use and enjoyment of the American people.