The Interpretive Association:
The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center is operated by a not-for-profit organization, the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Association. We have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors, most of whom are members of the Dubois community.
Current Board of Directors:
- Mark Hinschberger, President
- Bruce Thompson, Vice-President
- Kathy Treanor, Secretary
- Mary Ann Eastman, Treasurer
- Trudy Trevarthen
- Ramona (Monie) Finley
A little history:
The citizens of Dubois have always felt great pride in the proximity, accessibility and successful endurance of "our" herd, the Whiskey Mountain herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. In the late 1980's, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department was considering building some type of small-scale sheep observatory with interpretive signage at Whiskey Mountain. At about the same time, the Louisiana-Pacific lumber mill, which had been the primary engine driving the Dubois economy for decades, was faltering. The mill was forced to close in 1988, leaving the town to wonder if their economy was facing imminent failure. Dubois needed something to encourage tourists to stop and stay a little longer. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department wanted an avenue for public education. A suggestion was made to put a bighorn sheep-themed visitor center "in town". In a rather remarkable effort of co-operation, a partnership developed that included a broad spectrum of private- and public-sector groups. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the town of Dubois, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Wild Sheep Foundation (formerly the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep), the Nature Conservancy, the National Wildlife Federation and many other entities and individuals contributed dollars, resources, talents and guidance to construct the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center. The Center was opened to the public on July 3, 1993.
The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Association is primarily funded by memberships, admission fees, gift shop sales, donations, grants and special fundraising events.