Rancher Kelly Guild, sitting on the tailgate of his pickup, was getting ready to answer the question why he was so willing to open up Guild Ranch rangelands near Fort Bridger to youths attending the week-long Wyoming Resource Education Days (WyRED).
Barbed wire, old posts and other items you’d expect to find in the back of a ranch pickup lie in the bed behind him.
The 30-or-so youths and adults last week were trodding, prodding and poking plant life and soil on the gentle slope up from the dirt road.
“First of all, it’s dealing with youth,” he said, his young dog content and near. “Anytime, it doesn’t matter if it’s dealing with WyRED or whatever, I think it’s very important to educate our young people. And second, I think we need to get the best minds we can back into agriculture. If they’re willing to participate in it, I’m sure willing to help them anyway I can.”
This was the 20th year of the program and the second time at the Uinta County Youth Camp (year 15). The annual program changes location each year.
Youths and adults had climbed into a Lyman Public School bus during morning cool at the high-elevation camp 20 miles or so south of Mountain View to start a day of tours, plant identification and soil profiling.