Marty Zeller

He is a president of Denver based Conservation Partners. Marty works throughout the western states as an advisor to conservation leaning land owners and managers. He has extensive experience in conservation easements and development. He served on the Ucross Foundation Board of Directors for many years.

Tris Munsick

Originally from Dayton, WY, he graduated with honors while earning an undergraduate degree in Rangeland Ecology from MSU Bozeman and a was an exemplary graduate student while earning a Master’s degree in Applied and Agricultural Economics from the University of Wyoming.   Tris has worked on large and small ranches, trained horses for the stars, worked as a wildlands fire fighter, and fencing contractor.  He founded Tris Munsick and the Innocents, a band that tours regularly around Wyoming and MT, has produced several CDs, and gained hordes of loyal followers.

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About Us

Bea Gordon

She is a young professional with experience in hydrology and related fields including work in industry, non-profits, government agencies, and academia. Her proficiencies include research design, data collection, processing, and analysis in addition to domestic/international project management. Her interest is the intersection of science and policy where she hopes to join her technical expertise with bigger questions about the fate of water resources in the U.S. and abroad.


Bette Lehmberg, J.D., CPA, CPWA®

She is a Senior Vice President and Fiduciary Relationship Manager at The Northern Trust Company in Houston, Texas and specializes in personal trust administration.  She has 19 years in trust administration and 16 years of legal and public accounting experience.

Roy Roath   

He is a professor Emeritus at Colorado State University.   Roy has been involved in grazing management and ranch planning for over 40 years.  Over the last 15 years Roy has focused on helping enterprises become more profitable through strategic planning and plan implementation.

John Heyneman 

He grew up on a registered cattle ranch in southern Montana and is now based in Sheridan Wyoming. John served as project manager for the North Main Association, a citizen’s organization focused on economic revitalization. From 2010 to 2013 he worked for the Sonoran Institute’s Wyoming Program. From 2005 until 2010, he was General Manager of North Rim Ranch LLC, a large cattle ranch and restoration project in northern Arizona and southern Utah. From 1998 to 2005, John worked on the Padlock Ranch. He currently serves on the boards of High Country News and Padlock Ranch. 

BOARD of directors 

Charlie Bettigole

He is Co-Director of the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative based at the Yale School of Forestry and committed to fostering science-based land stewardship on the high plains of the Western United States.

 We are committed to building an enduring organization and seek partners interested in long-term relationships.  We will work carefully to build common interest among our partners in order to most efficiently leverage our efforts. The Plank Stewardship Initiative was established with the belief that the future health of high plains ecosystems depends on land managers and landowners’ ecological, financial and social stewardship. Ranchers and farmers must make a living in order for the high plains landscapes to be managed for resiliency and ecologic health.  Long-term sustainability depends on profitability as well as ecologic and social integrity.  One issue cannot be maximized or neglected at the expense of other two.  

COUNCIL of Advisors 

Rick Danvir    

He is a retired biologist and wildlife manager for western ranches in several states.  Rick is frequently asked to speak and range and wildlife symposiums and is working with several conservation based projects as a part time staff or volunteer. 

Dallas Mount    

He is an extension Agent from Wheatland, WY. Also, Dallas is co-founder of the High Plains Ranch Practicum, an in-depth, ranch management school hosted jointly by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and University of Wyoming Extension.

Raymond Plank

PSI was created by Raymond  Plank, an entrepreneur with a long and successful business and philanthropic history: Raymond Plank’s commitment to land and water is unwavering.  In 2014 at the age of 92, he launched the Plank Stewardship Initiative (PSI) to extend his stewardship work and with the belief that the people who live and work on the land must be able to make a living in order for land and water to become resilient. The organization has been designed to reflect Plank’s belief in the people who work the land and the values demonstrated in so many of his life endeavors.  He reminds us that individuals possess immense creative potential that can contribute.


Effective January 24th, Ucross Stewardship Program (EIN 46-4491120) was recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt public charity organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  On December 3, 2014, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to adopt an amendment changing the name to the Plank Stewardship Initiative.  This change has been registered with the Wyoming Secretary of State and will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service as a part of its annual return.  Contributions can be mailed to PSI: Plank Stewardship Initiative P.O. Box  7374 • Sheridan, WY 82801.