Certificate of Appreciation for 2008
Tom Allen (PLF) presenting Landscape Stewardship Award to Mr.
& Mrs. Boies
PUBLIC LANDS FOUNDATION presents Boies Ranches with a Landscape Stewardship
Certificate of Appreciation and Citation. The Foundation grants
this recognition to honor private citizens and organizations who
work to advance and sustain community-based stewardship on
landscapes that include, in whole or in part, public lands
administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Candidates for
the award include any private citizen or citizen group of the United
States who, over the past 1-5 years, has demonstrated sustained
outstanding leadership, vision, and purpose in contributing
to BLM’s efforts and in motivating other citizens and institutions
to work together to more effectively manage whole landscapes,
including watersheds, planning or management units, and other land
systems upon which people share a common interest.
In his nomination of the Boies Ranches,
Jeff Moore, Rangeland Management Specialist in the BLM’s Elko
office, detailed the contribution Boies
Ranches has made.
Steve and Robin Boies took note of the success of the changes on a
neighboring ranch brought about by a group known as the Shoesole
Group, named after a famous brand in the area and consisting of
federal, state and local agencies and other interested parties.
This prompted the Boies family to become interested in starting
something similar on their ranch. In 1999/2000 the group from the
neighboring ranch expanded to include the Boies family operation.
The ranch has routinely placed between one-third
to one-half of their permitted use into non-use each year and
has implemented rotational grazing systems that have periodically
rested or deferred livestock use in pastures containing wildlife
habitats during critical seasons for sensitive wildlife species.
These efforts have led to substantial improvements in riparian and
upland resource and habitat conditions across much of the
allotment. The Boies family’s efforts do not stop at the boundaries
of their ranch. The family has extensively networked with other
collaborative group processes around the west, including such groups
as the Quiviera Coalition in the southwest. Their efforts are 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 Public Lands
Foundation is pleased to present Steve and Robin Boies of Boies
Ranches with this Citation and a Certificate of Appreciation for
invaluable contributions to the stewardship of America’s public
/s/ George Lea,