Colorado Conservation Success Stories

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The Laramie Foothills Group - Conservation at the Scale of a Watershed

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Organizing around the Laramie Foothills Group, with city and county residents passing sales taxes to help conserve open spaces, a remarkable coalition of rural and urban constituencies merged to ensure that land beyond city limits stayed open and productive

 

Ladder Ranch - From Pioneer Enterprise to Conservation Ranch

The Ladder Ranch is a working sheep, cattle and hay ranch headquartered along the Colorado-Wyoming border, northwest of Steamboat Springs, Colorado and east of Savery, Wyoming. The operation has evolved from a survival mode pioneer enterprise to a significant production and conservation ranch.

 

Beatty Canyon Ranch

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Beatty Canyon RanchBeatty Canyon Ranch shines at doing right by the land, water, livestock and wildlife amid the grandeur of southeastern Colorado’s canyon landscape.

 

Bohart Ranch

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Bohart RanchDick Tanner grew up on the Bohart Ranch after his father, Jim Tanner began managing it for Field Bohart in 1942. After attending college and spending several years in agricultural finance in Denver, he and his wife, Sandra, decided to return to the ranch. Today, the Tanner family ranches 48,000 acres of State Land Board land year Yoder, Colorado in addition to acreage that has been in Sandra's family for more tnan 50 years. The family runs a 700-1,200 head cow-calf operation, depending on range conditions.

 

Capps Ranch

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Capps RanchSam Capps’ grandfather homesteaded the The Capps Ranch Limited Partnership after the Civil War. The Capps and Menegatti’s management on 28,000 deeded acres has enabled wildlife numbers to continue to grow each year resulting in a 50% overall increase in wildlife population and improved wildlife quality.

 

Coleman Ranch

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Coleman RanchThe fifth-generation Coleman Ranch consists of irrigated meadows and mixed short- and tallgrass prairie in Saguache, located approximately 200 miles southwest of Denver. The ranch, owned and operated by Jim and Frances Coleman, their son, Tim, and his wife, Teddi, has raised certifed natural organic beef under the Coleman Natural brand for almost 30 years.

 

Flying Diamond Ranch

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Flying Diamond RanchFor over 100 years, the Johnson family’s philosophy has been to leave resources under their stewardship in better condition than when they found them, and to pass their ranch on to the next generation. Located near Kit Carson, Flying Diamond Ranch is now in its fifth generation and the family is determined to pass it on to the sixth.

 

McNeil Ranch

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McNeil RanchThe McNeil’s pioneering work in the San Luis Valley on cooperative water usage regimes, alternative calving seasons, more economical haying methods, and organic certification of their ranch earned them state and national conservation awards. The McNeils founded the Rock Creek Heritage Project working to conserve 15,000 acres of ranch lands adjoining Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, and serve in numerous community leadership roles. They have been intricately involved in making their own operation better, sharing skills with other ranchers, and initiating community-driven conservation projects. 

 

Mesa de Maya Ranch

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Mesa de Maya RanchJohn and Carolyn Doherty’s 32,000-acre ranch in Las Animas County is the product of five generations of outstanding land management. John’s grandfather, “Papa Joe,” understood the importance of conservation, especially water management, to a ranching operation. His approach was passed down to John’s parents, Joe and “Tiny.”

 

Pipe Springs Ranch

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Pipe Springs RanchSiblings Jo Ann McEndree, Kaye Kasza, Steve McEndree and Cathy Tebay are fourth generation ranchers who are highly committed to the economic and environmental health of their Pipe Springs Ranch, located near Springfield, so it can be passed on to future generations.

 

Rancho Largo Cattle Company

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Rancho Largo Cattle CompanyLocated southwest of Fowler, Rancho Largo Cattle Company is a 14,000-acre cow/calf and stocker cattle ranch managed by Grady, and co-owned with his former college roommate Robert Lovelace. Depending on weather and grass availability, Grady adjusts his numbers of cows, calves and stocker cattle through buying and selling, making him less dependent on one section of the industry.

 

Rusk Hereford Ranch

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Rusk Hereford RanchBased on the outstanding management of key ranches in the northern half of the Wet Mountain Valley, Randy and Claricy’s children will represent the family’s 5th generation working and caring for the lands between the scenic Sangre de CristoMountains and the Wet Mountains. The Rusk’s have led the way in Custer County with progressive ranch management and some of the first conservation easements to slow the expansion of subdivision into the Valley’s working lands. In addition to the Rusk Hereford Ranch, the Rusks lease and manage the Kennicott, Beckwith and BJP Ranches. Randy and Claricy serve on many boards, associations, and foundations, demonstrating a true commitment to leadership and civic responsibility within their community and throughout the industry.

 

San Isabel Ranch

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San Isabel RanchThe San Isabel Ranch, located in Westcliffe, Colorado has a 135 year history of agriculture. The success of the ranch can largely be attributed to the late Dr. Ben Kettle and his wife, Bet. The operation is now run by the Kettles’ daughter, Sara Shields, and her husband, Mike, but Bet is still very much involved.

 

Stacked Lazy 3 Ranch

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Stacked Lazy 3 RanchThe Tureceks have ranched and farmed on the eastern plains of Colorado since 1910. Over the last 36 years, Keven and Sandi Turecek have combined land from both sides of the family to create what is now the Stacked Lazy 3 Ranch, a cow/calf and dryland wheat business comprised of 5,000 acres of farmland and 30,000 acres of pasture.

 

Stanko Ranch

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Stanko RanchJim and Jo Stanko’s ranch, near Steamboat Springs, has been in the family since 1907. Their love for their land is evident in that Jim cites the ranch’s centennial anniversary as one of the greatest accomplishments of his life.

 

Turkey Creek Ranch

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Turkey Creek RanchTurkey Creek Ranch, sandwiched between the U.S. Army’s Fort Carson and the growing urban community of Pueblo West, is owned and operated by Gary and Georgia Walker, and consists of approximately 65,000 deeded acres managed for both wildlife and livestock.

 

Visintainer Sheep Co.

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Visintainer Sheep Co.A deep passion for the land entrusted to them, and a willingness to embrace and adapt to change, has kept the Visintainers at the forefront of innovative ranch management.

 

Wineinger-Davis Ranch

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Wineinger-Davis RanchRussell and Tricia Davis’ Wineinger-Davis Ranch, located in Lincoln and Crowley Counties, was established in 1938 as a 400 acre livestock operation. It currently consists of over 12,000 acres. Ranch operations include beef production, birding, ecotourism, agri-tourism, and hunting.

 

North Park Colorado – 20,000 Acres Conserved

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Since 2007, CCALT has partnered with several ranching families to conserve over 20,000 acres of working, productive ranchland in North Park. 

 

Cross Mountain Ranch

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Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) worked with multiple partners to protect 16,000 acres of key sage grouse habitat on the Cross Mountain Ranch in Moffat County.