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Springing from farm to wild and back again

By Alex Few | May 27, 2020

This May marks my 5th anniversary of walking first irrigation water down this land. Today is the first year I’ve truly heard the spring call of a pair of sandhill…

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The Importance of Family

The importance of family, of daughters and sisters and brothers, and the parents who love them and support their knowledge and skill-building, runs throughout this story.

Profiles in Land Management – Elk Glade Ranch

This month we are thrilled to share our profile of Elk Glade Ranch near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Landowners: apply to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands

The CRP Grasslands is a federally funded program managed by the FSA. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, changes were made to the program that can benefit western landowners, ranchers and producers who manage their land in a way that complements and conserves wildlife and wildlife habitat. The deadline to apply for 2020 is May 15th!

Eat what your animals eat – curly dock

I cooked up some eggs with curly dock this morning. I wanted to share why I'm feeling grateful this spring for the plant, also called yellow dock or Rumex crispus, that many consider it a weed. It is such a welcome fresh green to break up the anonymous kale, cabbage and bagged spinach of winter, that I think it is worth celebrating.

Getting started with birding

It takes practice to get good at bird identification, but it’s never too late to start! The COVID-19 induced pause plus the start of spring creates the perfect opportunity to get into birding. Even if you can’t go anywhere that’s ok – there are birds right out your window. Here are some resources to help you learn!

A winter on the road in the working wild

Following Easter weekend, a traditional marker of the onset of spring (despite an Easter high of 27 degrees), I find myself with a moment of quiet, due to our current…

USDA Wildlife Services to Use $1.38M to Implement and Study Nonlethal Predation Management

Congress appropriated $1.38M to Wildlife Services FY20 budget to support the program’s nonlethal predator damage management activities. WS will distribute the appropriation to 12 states, chosen based on existing and potential conflict between large-carnivore predators and livestock.

Greg Hertel and his airedale terriers

Greg Hertel has used Airedale terriers for several years to protect himself, family and staff from grizzly bears by keeping them away from livestock and buildings around their Cody, Wyoming ranch. The Airedales sound a particular bark when they smell or see a grizzly bear, and are let out of their kennel to run the bears off the ranch.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance another option for small producers

Following our post last week on how farms and ranches can take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program through the Small Business Administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we…

How to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program for your ranch

There is a new government program called the Paycheck Protection Program that is meant to help businesses keep employees on staff during the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. Alexis Bonogofsky of the Quivira Coalition participated in an informational webinar put on by an organization called Farm Commons that went over the details of how you can utilize the program. She summarizes that information in this post.

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"In the Sonoran and Chihuahuan bioregions and most of the arid West, ranching is now the only livelihood that is based on human adaptation to wild biotic communities … Much more is at stake here than the future of a few ranch families. Wildlands teach those for whom they are home an outlook and insights to which others are blind."

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The Malpai Agenda for Grazing in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Bioregions

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