Rangelands

Rangelands act as nature’s factories.

Sunlight is converted into vegetation that produces oxygen and sequesters carbon. The land, when covered with diverse vegetation, also serves as a sponge, slowing rain as it hits the land, funneling it into aquifers below or filtering it as it runs into streams, rivers and lakes and eventually into saltwater estuaries.

Rangelands also provide wildlife habitat and the viewsheds that lift the human spirit.

Latest articles

Read more about rangelands and land management practices:

Coyotes Can Protect Your Livestock from Predators

Why killing coyotes can increase coyote predation.

Soil-Carbon Cowboys

A new documentary series in 10 parts (paddocks) directed by Peter Byck …please watch soil-carbon cowboys first.       

Controlling Weeds in Idaho

A Forb is a herbaceous, flowering plant other than grass. Unwanted forbs are generally dubbed “weeds.” Herbicides used for “weed” control almost always harm habitat and wildlife. On Pitchstone Waters, we manage our weeds unconventionally—to […]

Property Rights Are Crucial to Protecting Our Environment

“As discussed below, property rights are as important to protecting the environment as they are as guarantors of individual liberty.

Huge Feral Hogs Invading Canada, Building ‘Pigloos’ As They Go

Cold weather is kinder to larger animals, because of “thermal efficiency”. This is why the largest bear, whales, deer and even quail are found in the northern extremes of their ranges. Pigs are no exception, […]

Stewardship with Vision, Episode 8: Jim Berlier

“This Western Landowners Alliance film by filmmaker Evangeline Koonce features New Mexico rancher Jim Berlier. Through prescribed grazing that provides adequate pasture recovery time, strategic stocking rates, drought planning and brush removal, the Berlier Ranch […]

Why Cows that Learn to Eat One Weed Will Choose to Eat Others

As discussed below, the idea that “weeds” – also known as forbs – are not good for cattle is incorrect. Cattle living on open range learn to eat these – and often prefer them to grass. […]

Scientists Disagree on Bison Impacts to Yellowstone’s Northern Range

“According to Yellowstone’s senior bison biologist who is quoted below, Yellowstone is the only place in North America with a complete set of predators and herbivores – both of which shape their habitat in ways […]

400 Miles to Cross: The Interstate 80 Wildlife Barrier

THIS IS WHY SOME DEER MIGRATE 150 MILES — BUT NO FURTHER. THE SOLUTION WILL MAKE YOU HOPEFUL. This new film shows how Interstate 80 in Wyoming is an almost impenetrable obstacle to movement of […]

Stewardship with Vision — Episode 6: Moore Land & Cattle Co

Through years of carefully planned and implemented prescribed fire, Greg Moore was able to push back on juniper encroachment of grasslands on his northern New Mexico ranch and re-establish healthy grassland ecosystems for cattle and […]

Why This Cattle Farmer Moves His Cows Every Day

Methane emissions from cattle contribute to climate change – but Will Harris says he has a solution.

How Beef Eaters in Cities Are Draining Rivers in the American West

Paraphrasing the authors below, “The biggest user of river water by far, is not lawns and showers, but agriculture. New research shows that across the Western United States, a third of all consumed water goes […]

Stewardship with Vision – Episode 5: David Spicer

Quoting the producers of the video below, “David Spicer’s leadership in restoring springs, wetlands, and riparian areas on his ranch and beyond has helped keep a species from being listed under the ESA and supported […]

If Crop Insurance Rewarded Conservation Practices, Would More Farmers Go No-Till?

“As described below, a private task force is developing a crop insurance product that would reward farmers for adopting regenerative conservation practices.  If the task force succeeds and the product is approved by the Federal Crop […]

Stewardship with Vision – Episode 4: Ute Creek Cattle Company

Quoting the producers of the video below, “In far northeastern New Mexico, Tuda and Jack Crews’ land and water management models innovation, conservation, increased resiliency, and community connection.”   Filmed in the deserts of New […]

Mountain Goat Removal Temporarily Closes Areas Of Grand Teton National Park

According to the article below, the National Park Service (NPS) has decided to exterminate wild mountain goats in the Teton-Yellowstone Parks because they (1) are non-native, (2) “compete” with bighorn and (3) might infect them […]

On the Elk Trail: Episode 4 – “Spike”

Quoting the authors of this video, It’s migration season in Greater Yellowstone, and our trail cameras capture young male elk –  collectively nicknamed “Spike” – sparring and goofing off. These competitive behaviors prepare the spikes […]

Stewardship Agreement Will Funnel $20 million to Improve Utah’s Forests

Common sense forest management in Utah is discussed below.  

The Resistance to Holistic Wildlife Management

Across the West as well as in Texas, agencies, universities, governmental and conservation organizations resist holistic wildlife and agricultural management practices. Most Western public grazing rules make holistic grazing very difficult if not impossible  In this […]

Stewardship with Vision – Episode 3: Betty Shahan

Through a lifetime on the land in southern Colorado, Betty Shahan has served as a leader in integrating conservation and ranching. The Chama Peak Land Alliance, of which Betty is a founding member, is a […]

Costs that Discouraged Rotational Grazing Practices on the USA’s Great Plains

As discussed in the paper below, the expenses of fencing and water improvements are barriers to planned grazing. The authors suggest ways to overcome these.