Kit, Jack, and Diana Won the Conservation Leadership Award for Ranching from the Arizona Association of Conservation Districts.
The Flying M Ranch has been a cooperator with the Coconino Natural Resource Conservation District for over 20 years. The Metzgers and Diana Kessler are currently practicing grassland restoration, rangeland management, waterlines and drinker construction, stock tank construction and maintenance and wildlife habitat restoration. As members and supervisors of the Coconino NRCD they have worked to practice good stewardship of their rangelands. In addition they are active in the Arizona Cattle Growers Association, members and officers; Arizona Farm Bureau; and National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Working with the Arizona Game and Fish Department they participate in Healthy Habitats developing several habitat and stewardship projects.
As ranchers, habitat managers and conservationists, the Flying M Ranch is an outstanding model wise use and management of the natural resources under their control.