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.


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.


RuJoDen Ranch

RuJoDen RanchThe O’Rourkes have implemented a variety of conservation practices to their land that has been in their family since 1950.


Shaw Family Farms

Shaw Family FarmsNestled in the heart of Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin is Shaw Family Farms, a fifth generation row-crop and cattle ranch owned and managed by Steve and Vicki Shaw and their son and daughter-in-law Brian and Julie Shaw. The Shaw’s belief is that they have been successful “not just because of hard work, but also because of the land ethic passed down from the first generation.”


Shovel Dot Ranch

Shovel Dot RanchThe Buell family is part of the fabric of the Nebraska Sandhills. For nearly 130 years, they have ranched in the region, while caring for the land, water, and wildlife that each Buell generation passed on to the next.


Wilson Ranch

Wilson RanchWilson Ranch, located northeast of Lakeside in the Nebraska Sandhills, is a fifth-gen­eration operation owned and managed by brothers Blaine and Bryan Wilson. The ranch consists of over 15,000 acres and over 1,100 head of cattle. The Wilson Ranch is a terrific example of economic viability co-existing with sustained conservation practices.


Black Leg Ranch

Black Leg RanchIn the late 1800s, Jerry Doan’s great grandfather, George H. Doan, moved from Canada to homestead in the Dakota Territory. What began as a 160-acre homestead with a sod house has grown into a 17,000-acre farm and ranch. Jerry and his wife Renae own and manage the fourth and fifth generation Black Leg Ranch, and their children are poised to take the reins in the coming years.