BUFFALO -- Citing a long-term and generous commitment to wildlife management on lands and waters owned by the company in Sheridan and Johnson counties, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission expressed its gratitude to Texaco Inc. at a meeting in Buffalo July 26.
"Texaco Inc., through their office in Buffalo, has been and continues to be a gracious benefactor to hunters, anglers and the wildlife resource in northeastern Wyoming," said Bob McDowell, G&F regional fisheries supervisor in Sheridan.
Through their generous cooperation with G&F and the angling public, Texaco has provided valuable fishing and boating access at Lake DeSmet which is a very popular trout fishery, McDowell said.
The company recently guaranteed some of that access through a 20-year agreement at the popular Monument area at Lake DeSmet. It is expected this access point will provide up to 15,000 angling days every year.
G&F Commissioner Jerry Sanders of Buffalo, noted the company’s strong conservation ethic which has resulted in excellent habitat for numerous game and non-game wildlife on Texaco lands.
"I want to express our gratitude to Texaco Inc. for many years of cooperation with the public and the Game and Fish Department and their interest in the betterment of Wyoming’s fishing and hunting heritage," Sanders said.
Texaco Project Manager Joe Kalus accepted the award. "Texaco is proud of our partnership with the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and we greatly appreciate this recognition," he said. "We have always strived to be a good neighbor. Texaco recognizes that Lake DeSmet and the surrounding land is a valuable resource for the people of Wyoming and we have been delighted that our environmental stewardship has been able to benefit so many individuals throughout the state."
Sanders also noted the many years of cooperation with G&F fish culture and management personnel when the department used Lake DeSmet as a major source of rainbow trout eggs for the state’s hatchery system.
Texaco Inc. has also provided valuable scientific information about the water and physical features of Lake DeSmet and surrounding waters resulting in the establishment of quality trout fisheries.