Anyone looking for injections of enthusiasm and creative ideas in the world of land conservation needs to head to the Land Trust Alliance annual Rally – better known as RALLY! The 2017 Rally convened at the Denver Convention Center from October 26th-28th for a weekend of workshops, presentations and connections. As someone relatively new to Read more about RALLY! — Jeff Conti[…]
In our recent stakeholder meeting, a few participants spent time discussing the application of season extension practices to enhance crop production in the region. These practices enable crops to be grown for a longer period of time each year, increasing overall yields and spreading out income-generating periods. In these regions, light is often blamed for Read more about Rethinking Greenhouse Construction[…]
UHPSI is concluding a short-term study looking at the changing demographics among farm and ranch operators across the state of Wyoming. Using agricultural records dating back to the 1920s, it has been possible to extract meaningful statistics on how these groups have changed over time. Here we show the change in the average age of Read more about Farmers and Ranchers are Getting Older[…]
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Happy Holidays from all of us at UHPSI! Many thanks to everyone at Ucross and throughout Wyoming for welcoming us and lending your support during our first 6 months!
Winter can come swiftly and without solid warning these days; Ucross was just hit by a fairly early snowstorm that brought a bit too much snow for some of the trees on the property to handle. Take a look at the view from the front porch of the Big Red Lane office. According to folks Read more about Early winter storm[…]
We woke up on our last day in Ucross to a September snowstorm! On our way to the airport with Mike Latham, we came upon two battling male pronghorn antelope! Unfazed by our presence, they fought for dominance just a couple dozen feet from us. Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion!
Ambika and Charlie set up a number of mobile acoustic recording stations around the ranch during the last two weeks of September. Our five homemade units were distributed for sunrise to sunset recording in riparian and sagebrush habitats. Many bird calls to come!
Before the completion of Interstate 90, Wyoming State Routes 14 and 16 were the primary corridors for travel from the east coast for tourists heading to Yellowstone, and east-west truck commerce. As more and more cars hit the road in the mid 20th century, demand increased along these isolated state highways for amenities – gas Read more about Early days at Ucross[…]
Check out the Yellowstone traffic backed up at the intersection of 14 and 16 at Ucross in the 1950’s. This is what things were like in the summers before I-90!
We’ve been playing around with a number of methods for sharing our spatial data. Star has been working with CartoDB – an open-source, cloud-based, spatial database – for some of his urban planning work. Check out this map of pastures and watering holes at Ucross. The delineation of pastures and watering holes was one of Read more about Default title[…]
The sand hill crane is a common resident of Wyoming during summer breeding seasons. These elegant birds have distinct vocalizations that can be heard from miles away. Sand hill cranes nest in open grasslands, meadows, wetland, and riparian areas. We’ve seen a number of breeding pairs around the ranch, including many with small offspring! http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/sandhill_crane/lifehistory
History! In 1932, an Iowa land company decided to build a town at the junction of routes 14 and 16, the current location of Ucross. Despite obtaining permits and drafting detailed plans, development never occurred. Many years later, Mike (an employee of Ucross Foundation) and Lynn Latham discovered that their recently purchased, undeveloped, agricultural land Read more about Ucross historical map[…]
Mike Latham shared this gem with us! 100 years of family histories from Ucross and three adjacent towns. More historical posts to follow as Devin pores through this next week and Charlie works on some historic maps and photos.