“And he have it for his opinion that whoever could make two ears of corn or two blades of grass grow on a spot of ground, where only one had grown before, would deserve more of mankind, and would have done more essential service to his country, than the entire race of politicians put together.” -Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Gulliver’s Travels
Not so much to pick on politicians … but we do believe that caring for soil, water, and wildlife is an essential service to the public.
Wasson Creek Creek Restoration Project
Beginning in 2007 the ranch partnered with Trout Unlimited to improve Wasson Creek as key fish spawning ground for cutthroat trout coming up from the Blackfoot river. In just a few short years, the progress has been amazing!
Managing Noxious Weeds with Sheep Grazing
For well over a decade now, we have partnered with sheep stockmen to run approximately 1500 ewes in an effort to naturally control an invasive weed called Spotted Knapweed. The sheep, arriving in early July and leaving in early September, find the blossoms to be delicious. By eating them, they prevent those plants from going to seed and thereby lend the native range a helping hand.