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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.


 

David Geiser - Gold Star Dairy

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David Geiser - Gold Star DairySome farmers focus on yield and profit. David Geiser is also driven by conservation and education.


 

Cates Family Farm

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Cates Family FarmWhen Dick Cates’ father purchased the family’s Iowa County farm in the 1960’s, it consisted of a few small tilled fields and largely unmanaged pastures. Today, it is a model of how to farm in a manner that is good for the business and good for the land.


 

Brooks Farms

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Brooks FarmsWhen Luther West acquired his 160-acre homestead in 1855, he was required to clear at least 5 acres and build a claim shanty. However, in less than three years, he cleared nearly 80 acres and built a large home on what is now Brooks Farms. Luther’s spirit of going above and beyond what is required remains a driving force for Ron Brooks and his daughters Alyssa, Kelsey, Zoey and Sydney, who each strive to conserve, improve and in some cases restore the same land Luther tamed over 160 years ago.


 

Brickstead Dairy

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Brickstead DairyEstablished in 1848, Brickstead Dairy is a fifth-generation farm in Brown County, Wisconsin. Since partnering with his father in the 1990s, Dan Brick has grown the farm's dairy herd to 900 cows.


 

Robbins Lumber and their 23,000 acre Conservation Easement

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The Robbins decided to place a conservation easement on the whole area to protect it as a working forest to provide logs for the mill but also to protect the abundant wildlife


 

Bragger Family Dairy

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Bragger Family DairyEverything on Joe Bragger’s Buffalo County farm is connected and has a purpose: The cows and the chickens, the trout and the trees, the soil and the stream. He not only loves the land, but clearly sees what it can do for him and what he can do for it.