Bert Raynes to receive Murie Spirit of Conservation Award

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Local conservation hero Bert Raynes has been selected to receive the Murie Spirit of Conservation Award, according to Teton Science Schools. The award dinner will be held on August 14 at 5pm at The Murie Ranch in Moose, Wyoming.

Raynes has been recognized for his dedication to conservation and wildlife issues by the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the Wyoming Chapter of the Wildlife Society, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and the Town of Jackson.

Raynes became interested in wildlife and biology after a successful career as a chemical engineer. Birdwatchers and nature lovers have enjoyed his natured-based column in the Jackson Hole News&Guide for more than three decades.

Tanner Yess will also be recognized with the 2018 Spirit of Conservation Rising Leader Award. Yess was a member of the Peace Corps, is a National Park Service Mountains to Main Street Ambassador, a SHIFT Emerging Leader and is deputy director at Groundwork Cincinnati. Yess’s passion is creating new pathways for urban youth to access green careers.

“In recognizing Bert and Tanner we are witnessing the Murie conservation legacy pass to the next generation,” said Chris Agnew, executive director of Teton Science Schools. “Bert’s decades of conservation dedication pass down to Tanner’s enthusiasm for the future of conservation in the 21st century.”

Previous awardees have included:

  • Sally Jewell, Former US Secretary of the Interior under the Obama Administration
  • Harrison Ford, Actor and Vice-Chair of Conservation International, a global nonprofit dedicated to building a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.
  • John Turner, a Jackson Hole native, conservationist and devotee of Olaus and Mardy Murie. Notably, former President of the Wyoming State Senate, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
  • Addie Donnan, community leader in Jackson Hole and founding chair of The Murie Center and Teton Science Schools emeritus board member;
  • Luther Propst, Founder of The Sonoran Institute, conservation leader in policy and projects focused on core issues (sustainable water, land use, community development) that define how the West is growing and changing.
  • Dr. George Schaller and Dr. Robert Krear, esteemed field biologists and global conservationists who traveled with the Muries on their 1956 Sheenjek Expedition that set in motion the effort to protect what is now the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge;
  • Gretchen Long, founding board member of The Murie Center of Teton Science Schools, current board member of The National Park Advisory Board (among many others, former and current), and committed advocate for conserving America’s treasured parks and wilderness areas.

The event will include dinner, a live music and silent auction. For more information and tickets, visit ?www.tetonscience.org or call (307) 732-7765.

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