Sommers Ranch Conservation

Albert “Bud” Sommers often stated; “If you take care of a cow, she will take care of you.”, which is an extension of the Leopold land ethic where if you take care of the land it will take care of you.  The Sommers Family has for multiple generations nurtured this land ethic.  In 2001, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department recognized the Sommers Ranch as Landowner of the Year for the Jackson/Pinedale Region, for our dedication to Wildlife Management.  In 2010, the Sommers-Grindstone Conservation Project, a joint effort between Sommers Ranch and Grindstone Cattle Company, conserved 19,000 acres for the future benefit of agriculture and wildlife, through multiple conservation easements held by the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust.  The view from the Sommers Homestead will remain intact for generations to come, because a conservation easement protects the land from development.  The Sommers Ranch continues to raise their cattle with conservation in mind.  In 2012, the Sommers Ranch received the Wyoming Leopold Conservation Award for its stewardship efforts.  To read more about the nomination and our ranch’s conservation ethic see to view a video, see

Gallery: A Century of Sustainability