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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.


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.”


 

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. 


 

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.


 

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.


 

Making a difference for landowner customers in Maine’s woods

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Low-impact forester overcomes challenges to improve landowners’ forest lands.  Robert Nelson believes that good forest management almost always improves wildlife habitat. You can manage your land to improve your timber. Forest health is also another big concern, because it increases resilience to disease and climate change stressors.


 

Forests for Cranberries and Historic Twists

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Among America’s privately owned forest lands, the Lee family property in New Jersey is a bit of a celebrity. Stephen Lee, III, owns and manages his forest land to protect the water quality for his cranberry crops


 

Hanging Ten Sustainably

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Maine surfboard maker creates beautiful and durable blend of form and function out of sustainably grown wood from local forests. We’re proud to be in Maine supporting Maine businesses. 


 

Barlow Livestock Inc.

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Barlow Livestock Inc.Barlow Livestock Inc. is a family owned and operated ranch located twenty miles west of Gillette. It was started in 1898 by L.H. Barlow who, as a 14-year-old boy, left home and settled in the Gillette area. Barlow Livestock Inc. is owned by Glenn and Joy Barlow, who operate the ranch with Glenn's mother, Gertrude, and their children, Duce and Trey.


 

7E Ranch

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7E RanchRon and Linda Heward’s 7E Ranch, which celebrated 100 years in 2009, is a sixth generation cattle and sheep operation located in northeastern Carbon County in the heart of the Shirley Basin Grasslands. The Hewards have always taken a “family first” approach when it comes to their agricultural operation. Ron and Linda believe that the primary purpose of their ranch was to raise their 6 children, as well as their 13 grandchildren, all of whom currently assist them with the ranch.


 

Terry Peters

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Terry PetersTerry Peters is a fourth generation timber harvester and timberland owners with more than 3,000 acres in northern Wisconsin. He got his start by following his father, Howard, on logging jobs as often as he could. Peters also spent time working in his grandfather’s sawmill. Like his grandfather and father, Peters has passed the timber tradition along to three of his sons: Cody, Corey, and Jamie. As Howard Peters says, the family has “sawdust in the blood.


 

Meuer Farm

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Meuer FarmDavid Meuer considers himself lucky to have been introduced to conservation practices through his father, who saw value in investing in the health of the land. When David purchased his own land and took over his father’s farm, he continued to uphold the conservation ethic his dad instilled in him.


 

Koepke Farms

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Koepke FarmsKoepke Farms Inc. is a partnership between brothers Alan, David, Jim and Jim’s son John. Together, they milk 320 cows and operate 1,000 acres of cropland plus another 150 acres of woods and wetlands.


 

Hebbe Farm

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Hebbe FarmJim and Valerie Hebbe, along with their daughter, Ashley, operate a cash grain farm in Green Lake County. In his nearly 30 years of experience in melding conservation and agriculture, Jim is the essence of adaptive management.


 

Gerry Mich

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Gerry MichGerry Mich's story of a lifelong commitment to conservation began 30 years ago when he and his two brothers purchased 20 acres of woods in Portage County. There, they and Gerry's future wife, Margo, planted 1,000 red pine seedlings by hand.