Their regard for the ecosystem, their

appreciation and respect for wildlife, and their

desire to share these values with others

makes [Ranchlands] the perfect recipient

for this award.

- Ken Morgan, Colorado Division of Wildlife
2008 Landowner of the Year Presentation


he ecological principals that govern our land have evolved over millions of years. Our management of wildlife habitat is based on keeping those ecological processes functioning effectively. We use several monitoring methods to ensure that we understand the effect of our management efforts and of climatic fluctuations, including transects, exclosures, and bird banding stations.

Grazing cattle is an important tool that we use to disturb the surface of the land to achieve conservation goals. We focus first on the entire body of land under our care to ensure that it is functioning ecologically as whole. Only after this do we tackle “hot spots” – endangered plants and animals, erosion, bare ground, invasive species, and sensitive areas—and implement a plan to restore a healthy balance. That plan may include intense grazing, periods of rest, or both as a means of ameliorating the situation at hand.

Conservation also means harvesting wildlife by exercising careful controls to ensure that wildlife populations are kept in balance with available forage and habitat. In addition, it means that we are careful about the impact of humans - not only recreationalists, but ranch workers and the impact our work has on the land. This requires us to be sensitive to the cycles of nature such as wildlife propagation, nesting, birthing, and migrating. Our monitoring programs provide important feedback on where we’re being successful, and where we need to alter our methods to achieve a healthy, thriving system. 

Left column photo by Bill Maynard

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