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King Ranch

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King RanchThe century-old King Ranch sits just outside of Cheyenne. After the passing of one of the ranch owners, the ranch management was left in the hands of Mark Eisele, who has worked on the ranch since the 1970s. Today, Mark, along with his wife Trudy and their family, proudly carry on the ranching tradition at King Ranch.


 

Golden Willow Ranch

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Golden Willow RanchThe 2007 Leopold Conservation Award for Wyoming is presented to Paul and Catherine Kukowski and their family. The Kukowskis run more than 800 head of cattle on their 20,000-acre Golden Willow Ranch in Sheridan County.


 

Garrett Ranch

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Garrett RanchUsing the money from the sale of his Texaco gas station in 1937, Labon Garrett, along with his father and grandfather, Henry and Adron, purchased the first 2,000 acres of Garrett Ranch. The ranch now belongs to Pete, Labon’s son, and Pete’s wife, Ethel, who manage the ranch activities with their children and grandchildren.  


 

Foy Ranch

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Foy RanchThree generations of Foys keep Foy Ranch running at a high level. Rocky and Nancy, their children, Josh, Emily, and Paul, and Rocky’s parents, Leo and Ann, all pitch in to make the ranch a success.


 

Fieldgrove Ranch

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Fieldgrove RanchRyan and Teresa Fieldgrove’s ranch, located near Buffalo, is a cow/calf range operation consisting of over 10,000 acres of deeded and leased land. Ryan Fieldgrove’s family has ranched in the area for over 125 years with his children representing the fifth generation to be involved. The Fieldgroves place a high value on passing a land ethic on to their children.


 

Rufus Duncan Longleaf Pine Landowner Success Story

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Longleaf LegacyThis video describes how Rufus Duncan is helping restore the historic Longleaf Pine range at Scrappin' Valley in east Texas.


 

Simon Winston - A Longleaf Pine Success Story

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Longleaf LegacySimon Winston is restoring Longleaf Pine to his ranch near Nacogdoches Texas. Simon has received technical and financial assistance from many sources including the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Longleaf Taskforce. Simon uses frequent prescribed burns to create favorable wildlife habitat and enhance the longleaf ecosystem


 

East Texas Landowners Bring Back Longleaf Pines

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Longleaf LegacyThis Success Story highlights East Texas landowner Lloyd Gillespie's efforts to bring back Longleaf Pines to Scrappin' Valley.


 

Longleaf legacy returns to Texas landscape

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Longleaf LegacyMike Howard is a landowner in Sabine County and is restoring Longleaf Pines on his property.


 

H.A. Farms

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H.A. FarmsDennis Stowell was president and CEO of H.A. Farms Inc. from 1980 until 2011. The sheep and cattle operation totals nearly 3000 acres of private land and is also comprised of forest and BLM permits for sheep and cattle in Parowan, Utah. Dennis and his wife Marilee took over the business from Marilee’s father, Harvey Adams, for whom the operation is named.

The family’s roots run deep in this part of Utah. Ancestors started ranching in Parowan in the 1850s, and descendants have been farming and ranching in the same valley ever since.


 

Treadwell Brady Ranch

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Treadwell Brady RanchThe Treadwell Brady Ranch implements all five of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold’s essential tools: axe, cow, plow, fire and gun. Efforts include habitat management, erosion control, supplemental food, water and shelter for wildlife, predator control, and wildlife population surveys.


 

The BigWoods on the Trinity

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The BigWoods on the TrinityDr. Robert McFarlane spent his youth hunting and fishing the lands and waters of the Middle Trinity River near Tennessee Colony. Those memories of the land stayed with him when he left for medical school at Harvard. When he returned, he saw a different landscape. It was fragmented, converted to pasture and farmland, and significantly different from the pristine land he remembered.


 

Farming for a Future of Healthy Soil, Clean Water

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In rural Indiana, Ray McCormick plants cover crops – and trees – to protect farms and rivers. It’s a conservation practice Ray uses on “every acre” to improve soil health, prevent erosion and reduce nutrient runoff from his farm into the Wabash River, a 500-mile-long tributary of the Mississippi River. 


 

Ercanbrack Livestock

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Ercanbrack LivestockErcanbrack Livestock’s story began amid the Great Depression with a hearty handshake and $12 an acre on the front steps of the Summit County Courthouse. Since then, four generations of ranchers have ridden the same trails and shared a passion for the land. 


 

Temple Ranch

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Temple RanchArthur “Buddy” Temple purchased Temple Ranch, near Lufkin, in 1992. Since that time, Buddy and Ellen Temple, along with ranch operators, Robert and Jenny Sanders, have introduced many beneficial conservation practices.


 

Della Ranches

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Della RanchesBrothers Blaine, Brent, and Jay Tanner and their families represent the fifth and sixth generations and over 130 years of Tanners ranching in the Grouse Creek valley in Box Elder County. Della Ranches is comprised of 17,000 acres of private land and an additional 175,000 acres that is managed through state and federal grazing permits, giving the Tanners responsibility for conservation efforts on 192,000 acres of grazing and farmland.


 

Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve

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Selah, Bamberger Ranch PreserveJ. David Bamberger’s Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve stands as a motivating symbol of the power of private landowner conservation.


 

Circle Bar Ranch

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Circle Bar RanchThomas Jefferson Thurston was the first known European man to consider permanently settling the Weber River Valley in what is now known today as Morgan County. When Thomas saw Morgan Valley for the first time, he was immediately drawn to its green hills, which reminded him of his Ohio home. He and his family cleared the area and settled the land that is now Circle Bar Ranch.


 

Sproul Ranch

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Sproul RanchAfter growing up on a small dairy farm, Bill Sproul dreamed of one day owning his own cattle ranch. With the support of his family, Bill purchased the land that is now Sproul Ranch, and manages cattle with his wife Peggy and their son Raymond.


 

Lazy VJ Farms

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Lazy VJ FarmsGrowing up, Rod Vorhees’ father taught ecology at local school. Although he didn’t realize it at the time, Rod was essentially immersed in an ecology class at home on the farm while he worked with his father, preparing him for a career dedicated to the family farm and conservation. Today Rod manages Lazy VJ Farms, his family’s fourth generation cow/calf ranch in Fredonia.