LandCAN Conservation Success Stories

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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.


 

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. 


 

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.


 

Harold Selman Ranches

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Harold Selman RanchesThe fourth generation Harold Selman Ranches has a long tradition of land stewardship, beginning in the 1940s with Harold and Dorthella Selman. Their land ethic was passed on to their son, Fred, who, along with his wife, Laura, and their son, Bret, and his wife, Michelle, continues to manage the ranching operation.


 

Heaton Livestock Company

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Heaton Livestock CompanyCousins Karl and Raymond Heaton are fourth generation ranchers responsible for the management of over 140,000 private and federal acres at Heaton Ranch, located in Alton. The ranch consists of approximately 1,250 head of cattle.


 

Jerrold Richins Ranch

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Jerrold Richins RanchIn the early 1990s, the Chalk Creek Watershed was considered one of Utah’s most degraded watersheds. The creek suffered through years of erosion-induced silt from hundreds of miles of backcountry mining and oil exploration roads. When the area experienced rain and record floods in 1983, the creek was in ruins. To slow channelization, some residents in the area simply began rolling old car bodies into the creek.


 

Johnson Mountain Ranch

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Johnson Mountain RanchJohnson Mountain Ranch is owned and operated by Stuart Johnson with this wife Carma, along with their son Jared. Stuart’s grandfather started the original family farm and ranch in Utah’s Sevier Valley in 1904.


 

Johnson Ranch

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Johnson RanchOne would be hard pressed to find someone more connected to their land than Darrell and Carol Johnson. The Johnson Ranch, inTooele County, has been part of Darrell’s life for longer than he can remember. He grew up working on the ranch and planned how he would run the operation until he got his opportunity in 1962 when he began to purchase land from his uncles. He partnered with his father, Orson, until 1988.


 

Red Pine Land & Livestock

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Red Pine Land & LivestockWhile managing their 178,000 acres of land near Park City, Steve Osguthorpe and his family carry on a tradition of conservation and sustainable agriculture that Steve inherited from his father, D.A. “Doc” Osguthorpe.


 

Tavaputs Ranch

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Tavaputs RanchButch and Jeanie Jensen’s fifth generation T.N. Ranching Company and Tavaputs Ranch, located in Carbon County, is a cow-calf operation, encompassing two herds of more than 1,200 cattle on approximately 30,000 acres of private rangeland and 320,000 acres of state and federal rangeland.


 

W.F. Goring and Son Inc.

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W.F. Goring and Son Inc.Near the west side of the Wellsville Mountains is Goring Ranch, a third generation sheep outfit owned and managed by Bill Goring, his wife Sherie and their son Blake. Bill attributes his family’s good fortune in the business to the hands-on approach and strong initiative passed down from his father, who built the ranch from scratch.


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.