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Range Riding – Pathways to Implementation

August 23, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm MDT

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The Conflict on Workinglands CIG team is hosting three webinars this summer/fall to share practical information with ranchers and NRCS staff for managing predation and production risks of large carnivores. The first of these webinars will take place August 23rd, and focus on Range Riding.

This session will provide a basis for understanding range riding for large carnivore management within the Four C’s framework: compensation, conflict prevention, control (lethal) and collaboration, while considering the holistic context of your landscape. We will also discuss emerging opportunities to implement range riding in your operation with financial and technical assistance through NRCS programs, such as EQIP.


12:00 – Welcome and introductions with Alex Few, Working Wild Challenge Coordinator, Western Landowners Alliance, and Jared Beaver, Wildlife Extension Specialist, Montana State University

12:10 – Risk assessment and landscape stratification with Breanna Owens, Stewardship Coordinator, Western Landowners Alliance

12:20 – Conflict management and the Conservation Planning Process with Kyle Tackett, Montana NRCS, Assistant State Conservationist – Partnerships (tbc)

12:30 – Panel discussion with range riding practitioners

  • Jay Shepherd, Coordinator, Northeast Washington Wolf-Cattle Collaborative
  • Erika Nunlist, Wildlife Program Coordinator, Centennial Valley Association, Montana
  • Trina Jo Bradley, Rancher, Valier, Montana
  • Cat Urbigkit, Rancher and Shepherdess, Sublette County, Wyoming
  • Tom Birkmaier, Rancher, Bend, Oregon
  • Chet Robertson, Range Rider, Big Hole Watershed Committee, Montana (tbc)

Questions to be addressed by panelists include: What does range riding encompass on your operation/program? What activities are included? How do you determine when you ride? How and what (e.g. horse, ATV, truck) do you ride? How do the predator species, native prey base and other factors influence your range riding strategy?

Series Info 

There are emerging opportunities for technical and financial assistance through Farm Bill programs to support producers in the implementation of range riding, carcass management, and various types of electric fencing/fladry.

Register separately for each webinar

Range Riding – Tuesday, August 23rd
Fencing/Fladry – Tuesday, September 20th
Carcass Management – Tuesday, October 18th

A west-wide team of working lands stakeholders received a 2020 National Conservation Innovation Grant, which has led to the development of an Interim Practice Standard. The CoW-CIG team, including ranchers from multiple states in the West who are utilizing these practices, will share ideas for transitioning from innovative strategies to broadly applicable practices through the NRCS Conservation Delivery framework.

Discussion will include approaches to habitat and ranch evaluation for conservation planning, along with approaches to site-specific implementation using a set of guiding principles for each practice.



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