Understanding the challenges ranchers face and the level of sophistication required to operate these complex biological systems in an economical and ecological sustainable fashion will go a long way to ensure that working ranches and large predators who share those landscapes can endure and thrive long-term. ~ Southern Oregon Rancher
Having wolves return to their native lands does not have to preclude viable working ranches on those same lands. This concept sits at the center of WC's philosophy and strategies. By supporting practices that increase ranch resiliency, ethical husbandry, economic viability, and operational efficiency we in turn support healthier lands, water, and wildlife habitat while ensuring that ranch families can keep ranching for generations to come.
WC's holistic strategies include adaptive range management practices that focus on stockmanship practices, prescribed grazing, and increased understanding of predator biology and ecology.
Ranch Resiliency is the ability to hold multiple values and maintain a focus on long-term sustainability by growing the capacity across the land and people through strategic adaptive management approaches. This way you will be able to withstand the challenges and changes of time. ~ Hilary Anderson, Crazy D Ranch, Montana
Regenerative Agriculture for Resilient Ranching
As part of WC's comprehensive strategy, we promote the implementation of regenerative agriculture practices. Forwarding ranch resiliency includes supporting working ranches in stewarding the land for ethical uses that include, healthy and productive lands, waters, and resources. Following the Land Ethic where community encompasses soil, water, fauna, and flora, as well as people, ranching with regenerative practices not only makes the land healthier but makes the ranch more economically viable.
Science is clearly showing that strict land preservation, the removal of all grazing, or simply leaving the land alone, causes continued degradation. Through prescribed grazing strategies it is possible to return the landscape to the ecological functioning of 200 years ago when the land was characterized by lush wetlands, riparian vegetation and high groundwater tables. Grazing management, when done well, can be profitable, restore wildlife habitat, and can heal the land and people. Visit our Resources page for more information.