CHEYENNE - Bill Gerhart, assistant supervisor of the terrestrial habitat program for the Game and Fish has retired after more than 39 years of service.
During his career he was honored in 1989 as recipient of the Game and Fish Habitat and Technical Services Division employee of the year award. Among other awards he has been honored by Duck’s Unlimited, receiving their conservation award for his efforts in developing waterfowl habitat at Game and Fish wildlife habitat units.
Gerhart is a native of Casper, graduating from Natrona County High School and earning an associate’s degreefrom Casper College. He then attended the University of Wyoming earning bachelors and master’s degrees in wildlife and range management.
He began his Game and Fish career as a special deputy game warden serving in Laramie, Cody and Lander. He also served as a fish biologist and following service in the U.S. Army, began his habitat service in Lovell in 1976 as wildlife conservation manager, followed by a promotion to wildlife habitat biologist in Casper. In 1984 he was promoted to supervisor of the Range and Habitat Services Section in Cheyenne.
"Bill Gerhart embodies what a department employee should be; honest, trustworthy and hardworking,” said Terrestrial Habitat Supervisor Ian Tator. “His career, spanning nearly four decades, includes many accomplishments and his behind the scenes oversight and management of over 100 terrestrial habitat projects per year has resulted in millions of dollars spent on the ground that has directly benefited Wyoming’s wildlife. There are very few, if any, areas of the state that Bill has not had a hand in enhancing, conserving or otherwise improving on behalf of wildlife.”
Gerhart will continue to make his home in Cheyenne on retirement, pursuing several of his passions including hunting and UW basketball.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)