Stewardship with Vision, Episode 9: Sieben Live Stock Company

Sieben Live Stock Company is a family owned and operated ranch in north central Montana which raises cattle and sheep. The Hibbard family believes proper grazing techniques can improve overall land health. Their practices include high density grazing with cattle herds, allowing adequate time to rest – which has ultimately led to remarkable changes on the rangelands. Thanks to the entire Hibbard family for sharing your stewardship story!

Stewardship with Vision films are produced in partnership with Montana State University’s graduate program in Science & Natural History Filmmaking. Student film-makers in this program are required to have an undergraduate degree in the sciences. They are selected through an application process each semester, and promptly sent out on a ranch filming adventure unlike anything they're ever experienced.

Stewardship with Vision, Episode 1:
Jeff Laszlo

Stewardship with Vision, Episode 5:
David Spicer

Stewardship with Vision, Episode 2:
Malpai Borderlands Group

Stewardship with Vision, Episode 6:
Moore Land & Cattle Co.

Stewardship with Vision, Episode 3:
Betty Shahan

Stewardship with Vision, Episode 7:
San Juan Ranch

Stewardship with Vision, Episode 4:
Ute Creek Cattle Company

Stewardship with Vision, Episode 8:
Jim Berlier

The Fish and the Flame

Our award-winning short film shows how Tim Haarmann, ranch manager at Banded Peak Ranch, and Jim White, a biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, collaborated to save one of the last remaining populations of nearly-extinct San Juan cutthroat trout, just as a wildfire threatens to decimate the fish.

Agua Es Vida

Based in Taos, New Mexico and focused on the Rio Fernando, this film begins up high in the Taos watershed and follows the water down into the Rio Fernando and through the acequia system that distributes water to farms and pastures throughout the community. The film then takes us on a journey through the community of farmers and ranchers who depend on the acequias for their livelihood and helps viewers understand acequias as a system of governance that, when well-attended and maintained, helps ensure a healthy community, healthy lands and sufficient water for all.

Land Ethic with Albert Sommers

Albert Sommers, a rancher, Wyoming State representative, and the head of the Upper Green River Cattlemen’s association lives at the end of a dirt lane south of Pinedale, Wyoming that bears the family name.

There, the Sommers have raised cattle for four generations, continually adapting their practices to the region’s notoriously extreme weather and growing presence of large carnivores. In this short video, he describes how he came by his land ethic. Read more about carnivores and collaboration in Wyoming's Upper Green in On Land Magazine.

Friendly Fences: Innovating a New Line of Defense Against Brucellosis

Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that can infect cattle, wild ungulates (particularly elk), and humans. The disease has been eradicated from the national cattle herd except in the area surrounding Yellowstone National Park, where the large migratory elk herds provide a "reservoir" for the disease.

To mitigate the risk of brucellosis transmission, wildlife managers work closely with ranchers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), and in this video we see just how innovative and hopeful these solutions can become when the partnerships are right. See more at On Land Magazine.

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