LandCAN Conservation Success Stories

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Idaho Models “3 C’s”: Collaboration, Cooperation, Conservation


The Idaho Sage Grouse Action Team is a prime example of how neighbors are working together to achieve unprecedented conservation success for people and wildlife across the range.


Conservation Road Trip – Taking No-Till To The Next Level


Montana rancher returns cropland to permanent grasses and forbs to provide forage for livestock and sage grouse


Local Partners Mimic Beavers to Restore Streams In Wyoming


A few SGI field conservationist volunteer to help the Wyoming Game and Fish build “beaver dam analogues” for a pilot project on private land


Restoring Sagebrush Country With Modern Wildfire

Through the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI), private landowners across Eastern Oregon are volunteering to perform proactive conservation treatments on their rangeland to promote healthy habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife.


Where Quail is King


Preserving Hunting Traditions in South Carolina


A Promising Future For a California Plant Once Believed Extinct


How a Southern California developer helped save the San Fernando Valley spineflower


Walking the River


Fly fishing guide Gary Lang wades in on conservation and his passion for angling


Taming Battle Creek


Coffee with conservationist wins rancher’s struggle


South Carolina Forester Big on Conservation


Scott Rhodes plants longleaf pine trees prized by federally endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers. He also burns his woodlands to create ideal habitat for numerous species including, one day perhaps, at-risk gopher tortoises.


The Homely Hellbender and the Diligent School Kids


In Georgia, the effort to help a rare salamander is headed by hardworking school age kids


Where Cattle Graze and Salamanders Roam


Sparling Ranch Conservation Bank creates a win-win for ranchers, developers, wildlife


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


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.


Cook's Branch Conservancy

Cook's Branch ConservancyThe George Mitchell family’s Cook’s Branch Conservancy, which consists of 5,650 acres in southeastern Texas, has been managed for nearly 50 years under a family tradition of conservation and sustainability.


Dixon Water Foundation

Dixon Water FoundationSpread across north central and southwest Texas, the five working ranches owned and managed by Dixon Water Foundation are sights to behold. Their mission, to promote healthy watersheds through sustainable land management to ensure that future generations have the water resources they need, has led to successful restoration of plant diversity, improved watershed conditions and wildlife habitat across all of their ranches.


Jack & Jan Cato

Jack & Jan CatoFor more than three decades, Jack and Jan Cato have tirelessly pursued revitalization efforts on two ranches in two different ecological regions of Texas. Their Buckhollow Ranch is located in Uvalde and Real counties on the Edwards Plateau and the Stockard-Sirianni Ranch is in Frio County in the South Texas Plains eco region.


Laborcitas Creek Ranch

Laborcitas Creek RanchWildlife habitat is flourishing in South Texas thanks to Laborcitas Creek Ranch.


Plum Thicket Farm

Plum Thicket FarmLocated on the northern edge of the Nebraska Sandhills is Plum Thicket Farms, a diverse crop farm and cattle ranch owned and managed by Rex and Nancy Peterson, and their son Patrick and his wife Krista.


RGM Corporation

RGM CorporationRodney Mathewson started a small farming and cattle operation near Potter, Nebraska in the 1940’s. His commitment to the health of the natural resources in his care was instilled in his son, Randy, and grandson, Beau, who run the ranch with their wives, Gina and Kahla, respectively.


Rod & Amy Christen

Rod & Amy ChristenRod and Amy Christen represent the next generation in outstanding land stewardship. Together with Rod’s father, Richard, and sister, Kay, Rod and Amy run a 275-head cow/calf operation near Steinauer, Nebraska.