Northwest Colorado is home to the best remaining ranchlands and habitat for sage grouse in the state. Today, an unprecedented number of ranchers are stepping up to put conservation easements on their lands and to engage in restoration projects. Beltway Beef ran the story in this weekly report from Washington, D.C. put out by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Download the PDF.
From the article: “For us, it’s always been about staying in agriculture, protecting the wildlife, and restricting development that we don’t want anyway,” said multi-generational rancher Jay Yust (pictured here). Jay and his father Jim Yust spoke on their historic ranch by the Colorado River near Kremmling, the first stop of a five county tour in early August hosted by the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) and the Sage Grouse Initiative.
The Northwest Colorado conservation efforts to protect working lands and sage grouse habitat are made possible by many partners, starting with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in this part of Colorado works hard to apply Sage Grouse Initiative funding where it will help ranchers and sage grouse the most.