Richard “Rick” Dunne, and his wife Claire, received the Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award for their tireless commitment as volunteers to WY-SRM, and Wyoming overall, throughout the decades. In addition to serving as WY-SRM President for two years, Rick Dunne has a long and colorful history as a major promoter of native plant restoration in the State of Wyoming and throughout the Western U.S. He and his wife, Claire, started Wind River Seed in Manderson in the early 1980’s, and grew that business into a well-respected authority and source of native plant seed. His passion for range management as it relates to successful revegetation of disturbed lands is well noted by his professional colleagues.
Rick was a leader in the early days of reclamation science utilizing native plants to achieve success in stabilizing landscapes for post-disturbance land uses such as livestock grazing and wildlife habitat. His input and enthusiasm led the way in many efforts for acquiring quality native plant seed for use on Wyoming’s rangelands and disturbed areas. His ability to talk detail to researchers or less detail to the general public allowed him to get his message through either group. Rick has been able to take complicated topics and extend that knowledge to others in a thoughtful, simple and humorous way.
Brenda Schladweiler, owner of BKS Environmental Associates, Inc., nominated them for the award, and stated, “Rick has always maintained a level of objectivity in both his professional and personal life. He understands the need to see all sides of an issue and can relate to nearly all stakeholders. Over the years, Rick has been an inspiration to many. His educational efforts statewide have expanded the knowledge of range management/reclamation science, while his enthusiasm ignited interest in young and old alike.”