PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PRAIRIE
Land steward award winner restores Panhandle ranchland to support wildlife, cattle, hunters and birders.
By Mike Cox
Dick Wilberforce first met Jim Bill Anderson while attending a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-sponsored mule deer seminar on Anderson’s 5,000-plus-acre Hemphill County ranch.
“I noticed an old beer can, picked it up and stuck it in my pocket,” the Canadian retiree and lesser prairie-chicken advocate recalls. “Right after I did that, this guy comes up and says, ‘What are you doing?’ I said I had picked up an old can. He asked me what I intended to do with it, and I said I’d be throwing it in the back of my pickup and eventually putting it in the trash.”