Wyoming 2012 Sommers Ranch Pinedale Leopold Conservation Award Recipient

The Sommers family has been raising cattle in Sublette County since Albert “Prof” Sommers and his brother, Pearl, established the ranch in 1907. Today, siblings Albert and Jonita, manage Sommers Ranch's 1,000 acres of rangeland, 200 acres of irrigated pasture, 30 acres of wetland, and 827 acres of hay.

Sommers Ranch

Albert and Jonita’s concern about a continuation of their family’s conservation legacy led them to enroll their land into a perpetual conservation easement in 2010. At that time it was Wyoming's largest private land easement. The 19,000-acre easement including 1,700 acres along the Green River.

Monitoring is a large component of the Sommers’ land management strategy, helping them make decisions to improve the rangeland and cattle distribution. Albert volunteers his time to lead a cooperative range-monitoring program through the Upper Green River Cattle Association. Albert was the driving force behind the monitoring of over 190,000 acres in Sublette County.

Albert and Jonita's outreach includes local and agricultural organizations, including the “Catch a Calf Program,” where ranchers are paired with youth to teach them about agriculture.