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The Knobloch Family Foundation

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Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. was inspired by the words of President Theodore Roosevelt: “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets, which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value.” That’s why his Knobloch Family Foundation supports University of Wyoming research and outreach on wildlife and the sustainable use of natural resources. The foundation supports the Knobloch Professor of Conservation Economics and Finance in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Knobloch Professorship in Migration Ecology and Conservation in the Department of Zoology and Physiology. The conservation economics chair—which focuses on the economic dimensions of conservation—was created in 2013 by a gift from the foundation, as well as additional gifts. The migration professor—which focuses on Wyoming big-game migration and the Wyoming Migration Initiative—was created in 2018 by a gift from the foundation. The foundation has supported the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Wyoming Migration Initiative in many other ways as well.

Carl’s childhood was spent on a Connecticut family farm, and he went on to graduate from Yale. He was involved with several companies, among them finance and oil field services. He adopted Wyoming as his home and spent his life dedicated to natural resource conservation and preservation. “Carl did not just want to think and talk about conservation—he wanted to conserve NOW,” said an old friend. Carl passed away in 2016. His passion for conservation and the great outdoors is greatly missed.  

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