Duane is a product of rangeland livestock operations. “I grew up the son of a cowboy in the red rock canyons of Southeastern Utah. My love for ranching and rangelands grows with me as I learn the trade of my father and follow in his footsteps.”
Duane graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Range Science in 1997. After a short stint at the Dugout Ranch in Monticello, Utah, he and his wife, Heather, moved to Nevada to manage the Smith Creek Ranch near Austin, Nevada. In January 2005, they named their daughter Desatoya after the Desatoya mountain range which lies within the ranch boundaries.
Duane was awarded the Nevada Section of the Society for Range Management Young Range Professional award in 2003, the Nevada Wildlife Federation Soil Conservationist of the Year award in 2005, the Society for Range Management Outstanding Young Range Professional in 2007 and, along with Ray Hendrix and Smith Creek Ranch, the BLM National Rangeland Stewardship Award in 2010. He has become, in Heather’s words, a “sage grouse activist,” working to enhance sage grouse habitat using both traditional as well as home-grown methods.