In the Black Forest, North of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Audubon Rockies owns property and partners with Corner Post Meats. This picturesque property is a bit of a wildlife conservation hide-out located in the ever expanding suburban growth of southern Colorado’s front-range. It’s becoming rarer and rarer to find a secluded 1,500 acres of native grassland meadows and Ponderosa Pine forest. Most of us want to live in a pretty place such as Black Forest, however more homes means more people and less room for birds, bugs, and other four legged animals that need a home as well. How can we keep properties like the Kiowa Creek Ranch and Sanctuary intact with healthy ecosystems for the long run? One method is to embrace ways that properties like this one can drive revenue, encourage/manage visitors while also mutually benefiting native plant and animal cycles to thrive and grow. This is the mission of the livestock grazing lease that is in place on the ranch with High Country Land Management “HCLM”. Thriving ecosystems start with encouraging a healthy soil cycle. HCLM uses a special intensive management strategy that uses high intensity, short duration domestic animal grazing methods to build soil. These specialized grazing management practices resemble much of what large herds of bison and fire used to do to build our soils since time began. HCLM uses the churning hooves of cattle, the tilling noses of pigs, and the fertilization from chickens, to bring an inherently natural cycle of disturbance and growth to the landscape. The healthy and delicious meat and eggs produced from this style of livestock grazing is then marketed through HCLM’s sister company, Corner Post Meats, to feed families throughout Colorado.
In addition to raising the animals and marketing and distributing the meat, the ranch and sanctuary now has regular scheduled guided and self-guided tours and farm-to- table dinners. This allows everyone to see and experience what domestic animals can do to help make properties like this one be a better place to land, build a nest, and hang out a while. If you’re flying through Colorado anytime soon, stop and have a look for yourself at all the fascinating things we are doing at the Kiowa Creek Ranch and Sanctuary.
For wholesome meats sourced from the ranch, farm to table dinners, or tours of the ranch contact:
Corner Post Meats
Adrienne Larrew & Dan Lorenz