SGI Featured Ranchers

Liz With and Greg Peterson have a wonderful working relationship, an important ingredient for SGI conservation success in sagebrush country.Meet Greg: A Sagebush Habitat Hero

June 27, 2017

by Jodi Stemler | Check out this multimedia story about how an SGI-enrolled rancher is leading the way in stewarding working lands and wildlife on his ranch in Colorado’s Gunnison Basin.

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Rancher K.D. Leander Leaves A Conservation Legacy in Eastern Washington

February 14, 2017

This late rancher’s early adoption of range conservation practices encouraged his neighbors to also enroll in Sage Grouse Initiative programs. Learn how.

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Oregon Rancher Mike Greeley Enhances Mahogany Mountain For The Bird And The Herd

December 6, 2016

Rancher Mike Greeley uses conservation-minded management to sustain his working lands in eastern Oregon for wildlife and livestock. Check out this video of Mike on his ranch!

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Kennedy Ranch Conservation Improvements Benefit Both Livestock And Wildlife In Utah

August 23, 2016

In northeastern Utah, the Kennedy family’s land ethic and commitment to improving natural resources has led them to expand their ranch. Learn how SGI helped them install water delivery systems and adopt rotational grazing to improve agricultural operations.

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To the Helmicks, conservation and ranching are one in the same.Helmick Family Conserves Vital Habitat For Sage Grouse In Idaho

July 28, 2016

To this multi-generational family, conservation and ranching are one and the same. Learn how they’ve worked with SGI to increase carrying capacity and grass production for the benefit of both livestock and wildlife.

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Tony, a veteran of the Marines, loves animals.Rockin’ TD Ranch Champions Rangeland Conservation in Nevada

June 21, 2016

Tony and Diane Stobiecki partner with the Sage Grouse Initiative to improve habitat for wildlife and their ranch’s bottom line by putting in place projects that improve water delivery, riparian habitat, and rangeland forage.

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mark and patti holding hands in field sgi postOregon Ranchers Raise Cattle With A Conservation Vision

April 25, 2016

“Our belief is that we need to make things better, and leave a legacy for our kids and our grandkids and the neighborhood as a whole,” says Oregon rancher Mark Bennett. Read more about Mark and Patti Bennett, who have partnered with the Sage Grouse Initiative to conserve land and water resources on the sagebrush sea.

The Pokorny family made improvements that benefit wet brood-rearing habitat for sage grouse on their Wyoming ranch.Pokorny Family Benefits Birds and Range on Wyoming Ranch

May 18, 2015

Sage grouse like the habitat around the Pokorny Ranch, and the Pokornys like the conservation improvements SGI helped them make on their Wyoming ranch. “They were the first landowners I had to enroll in the program,” says Kevin Edinger with the Wyoming NRCS. “These folks are really progressive operators. They’re as good as it gets.”

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South Dakota rancher adds value to his operation and improves wildlife habitat

January 22, 2015

South Dakota Rancher Ron Steineke makes water delivery and grazing improvements that benefit his cattle along with sage grouse and other wildlife.

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Five Dot Ranch Sustains Sage Grouse & Produces Natural Beef in California

January 13, 2015

The Swickard family takes pride in a pasture to plate operation. Their natural beef customers support a ranch dedicated to healthy cattle and plentiful wildlife, with a focus on sage grouse on property near Susanville, California