Measuring Soil Carbon – Dan Kane

A year ago, I traveled out to Wyoming to visit a few properties managed by The Nature Conservancy and test a new field method for measuring soil carbon content. Our initial results from last year’s work suggested we were on to something. The method worked! We were able to successfully use just a simple handheld Read more about Measuring Soil Carbon – Dan Kane[…]

Beaver Restoration and Water Management in Wyoming – Austin Rempel

I’m writing from Red Canyon Ranch, a working ranch and nature preserve owned by the Nature Conservancy. I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to live at the Ranch this summer while working with Conservancy staff on questions related to beaver restoration and water management. Red Canyon Ranch covers some 5,000 acres in the foothills of Read more about Beaver Restoration and Water Management in Wyoming – Austin Rempel[…]

Sampling Soil across Wyoming Landscapes – Dan Kane

Thirteen days and nearly 600 soil samples later, we’re back from our last trip to Wyoming. The trip was a huge success! We started at Ten Sleep Preserve, where I left off earlier in July, taking three days there to sample an area of the preserve that is still grazed by cattle. I was struck Read more about Sampling Soil across Wyoming Landscapes – Dan Kane[…]

Restoring Ranches with Beartooth Capital Partners- Jay Chancellor

As I wrap up my research with Beartooth Capital Partners in Bozeman, Montana, I want to take a moment to reflect on all of the incredible experiences and insights this summer has provided. Beartooth operates with a small but efficient team of just seven people out of an office building in downtown Bozeman. The company Read more about Restoring Ranches with Beartooth Capital Partners- Jay Chancellor[…]

The grass-fed challenge – Lucyann Murray

For those who are familiar with the beef industry, grass-fed and finished beef seems like a no-brainer. Healthier cows, healthier grasslands, healthier people, higher prices… so what’s stopping every rancher from transitioning to grass-finished beef? This is the daunting question I have elected to take on this summer. I think I have the answer then Read more about The grass-fed challenge – Lucyann Murray[…]

Grass Fed Beef Explorations – Lucyann Murray

Hello from Portland, OR – pretentious foodie capital of the world! Paleo, gluten free, local, grass-fed, heritage, etc. are plastered all over restaurants and food carts. I love it. I’m out here working for a timber investment management organization and building a business plan for mobile slaughter on Boot Ranch. The primary focus of my Read more about Grass Fed Beef Explorations – Lucyann Murray[…]

Sampling Soil across Wyoming Landscapes – Dan Kane

Thirteen days and nearly 600 soil samples later, we’re back from our last trip to Wyoming. The trip was a huge success! We started at Ten Sleep Preserve, where I left off earlier in July, taking three days there to sample an area of the preserve that is still grazed by cattle. I was struck Read more about Sampling Soil across Wyoming Landscapes – Dan Kane[…]

Update from the Field – Dan Kane

Hello from Wyoming! Two weeks ago, I spent four days collecting soil samples at the Tensleep Preserve after the rest of the Western Research Fellows departed from our retreat. Tensleep Preserve is a beautiful property owned by The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming that used to be a Girl Scouts Camp. Since acquiring it, The Nature Read more about Update from the Field – Dan Kane[…]

Wyoming Grasslands Symposium: The Art and Science of Grasslands

A day long symposium with morning talks, lunch and afternoon workshops: bird and plant walk, photography workshop, ranch mapping and hydrology workshop, and a naturalist hike for kids! Participants include writers Frank Goodyear and Laura Bell; photographers Michael P. Berman and William S. Sutton; Bighorn Audubon Society President Dr. Jackie Canterbury; Charlie Bettigole, Arthur Middleton, Read more about Wyoming Grasslands Symposium: The Art and Science of Grasslands[…]

Quantifying Sheep Grazing of Leafy Spurge

In coordination with Nathan Lindsey (Manager of Conservation and Stewardship at Apache Foundation), Charlie designed, constructed, and monitored a set of six grazing exclosures on the ranch during July and August, 2014 to begin quantifying the effects of grazing by sheep on leafy spurge. We are hoping that this on-the-ground research will help to enhance Read more about Quantifying Sheep Grazing of Leafy Spurge[…]