Supporting Working Lands Amidst Predator Challenges
November 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
Hosted by Western Landowners Alliance (WLA)
Co-hosted with Ruby Valley Strategic Alliance (RVSA)
Nov. 15, 2019 | 9 AM – 4 PM | Firehall in Alder, Montana | Lunch provided
Grizzly bears and wolves present increasing challenges for ranching in southwest MT. WLA and RVSA will host an invite-only meeting focused on constructive solutions with ranchers and key agency partners in the region.
The meeting will feature special guest Albert Sommers, a WY rancher, state legislator and WLA member from Pinedale who runs cattle in the largest unfenced federal grazing area in the US. According to Albert, “The Upper Green River Cattle Association has seen its calf loss rates go from 2% in the early 1990s to 10-15% in recent years. Grizzly and wolf predation is the greatest challenge we face as producers, with the exception of market swings.”
Albert and the Upper Green River Grazing Association are part of a 100 year-old historic annual cattle drive extending 70 miles and known as The Green River Drift. Partners from WY Game & Fish and the US Forest Service will accompany Albert as he shares his story, questions and ideas in dialogue with ranchers and partners from across southwest MT. Join Us!
- Highlight the important role working lands play in the landscape
- Exchange relevant rancher-to-rancher knowledge and strategies to reduce conflicts
- Improve communication and collaboration with agency and NGO partners