BUFFALO - His abilities to rally a variety of habitat partners and to approach projects with a landscape perspective helped Bert Jellison of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department earn the W.R. Chapline Land Stewardship Award from the Society of Range Management’s Wyoming section.
“Bert’s willingness to partner with all groups in a project has been a key component in his success over three decades of improving wildlife habitat in northeast Wyoming,” said Phil Gonzales, private consultant retired district conservationist for the Natural Resources and Conservation Service.
Jellison is Game and Fish’s terrestrial habitat biologist in the Sheridan region and a 35-year department veteran. He began his Game and Fish career as a fish technician in Casper in April 1978. Four months later he was promoted to habitat specialist at Ocean Lake where he served until transferring to Lovell in August 1984. He was promoted to his current position in August 1992.
“Bert combines his extensive institutional knowledge and practical experience in applying habitat projects on a landscape scale,” said Gonzales, of Buffalo, who nominated Jellison for the award. “His ability to organize and complete riparian projects is particularly noteworthy.”
The Society of Range Management has presented the award annually since 1987. W.R. Chapline was a pioneer rangeland scientist with the forest service, United Nations, and in private consulting. He was one of the first to recommend salt-block placement to improve livestock distribution. He first collected the Chaplin’s golden columbine and co-authored Soil Erosion A National Menace in 1928 with famed soil conservationist High Hammond Bennett.
Jellison and his wife, Debbie, were also cited for their resource stewardship on the ranch they manage along Piney Creek northeast of Buffalo.
“Bert is widely respected by both agency managers and by producers, which speaks to his universal credibility and rapport developed over his career in the field,” said Dr. Roy Roath, professor emeritus of the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University.
Jellison earned abachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and range management from Colorado StateUniversity in December 1977. He is a member of the Society for Range Managementand the Wyoming Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Jellison received aConservation Service Award from Ducks Unlimited in 1990 and the PeerRecognition Award from Game and Fish’s Sheridan/Casper regions in 1995. He wasnominated for “Wildlife Division Employee of the Year” in 2004. The Jellisonshave two adult daughters..
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