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Gift from Former UW Trustee Helps Save Forests

Forestry students


A private gift of $500,000 from former UW Trustee Jim Neiman and his wife Christy of Neiman Enterprises, Inc. has created the Neiman Family Forest Resources Professorship. The gift was doubled by the state matching fund, creating a $1 million endowment. The University of Wyoming Department of Ecosystem Science and Management will build an educational and research focus in forest resources in combination with rangeland ecology and management. The emphasis of the program will be on the science and stewardship of forested systems that provide valuable ecosystem services, including commodities. Forests in Wyoming and the western United States are a central component of the economy, resource management, tourism, ranching, and more. A third-generation family business, Neiman Enterprises, Inc. is dedicated to the environment and maintaining healthy forests. The Neiman Family Forest Resources Professorship does just that by building a program of excellence at the University of Wyoming.

“We are excited in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources about the opportunities the Neiman Family Forest Resources Professorship will provide for our students and faculty to study the wide range of ecosystems involved in range management,” says Dr. Barbara Rasco, dean of College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “We also look forward to using this gift to promote forest resource science and management across college programs.”

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