Former TWS President Tom Ryder named to Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame honors contributions to the state’s outdoor heritage

Longtime TWS member and former president Tom Ryder is being inducted into the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame. A retired Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologist, Ryder served in the department for 29 years, climbing the ranks from volunteer game warden to deputy chief of wildlife. In Nov. 2014, he was chosen by then-Gov. Matt Mead to serve as his wildlife policy advisor.

During his career, Ryder served as the chair for the Pacific Flyway Council and Yellowstone Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Committee. His list of publications includes some 190 technical reports, 20 peer-review publications and one book, State Wildlife Management and Conservation.

Named an honorary TWS member in 2020, Ryder served as president of both the Wyoming Chapter and the Central Mountains and Plains Section and served two terms on Council as Central Mountains and Plains Section representative before becoming the 65th president.

The induction ceremony is Nov. 14 at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody.

Established in 2004, the Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the conservation of Wyoming’s outdoor heritage.

Header Image: Tom Ryder served as the 65th president of The Wildlife Society. Courtesy of Tom Ryder