Conservation

Audubon Conservation Ranching

Working lands represent one of the best hopes for conservation. Audubon's Conservation Ranching Program honors the ranchers who are stewards of vast open spaces with a market based strategy that benefits landowners and birds alike.
Conservation

Audubon Conservation Ranching

Working lands represent one of the best hopes for conservation. Audubon's Conservation Ranching Program honors the ranchers who are stewards of vast open spaces with a market based strategy that benefits landowners and birds alike.

Audubon Rockies Conservation Ranching Program  (See our brochure here) represent one of the best hopes for conservation across the American West. Ranches and farms cover more than one billion acres of the United States.  Audubon recently received a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA NRCS that will allow this program to flourish.  See the Press Release Here

Birds are highly sensitive to landscape changes which makes them excellent indicators of over-all ecosystem health. Grassland birds, as a group, experienced the steepest decline of over-all ecosystem health.  Since the 1960's populations of several key species have declines as much as 80%.

Audubon’s Solution: Keep Ranchers Ranching

When used as a creative land management tool — with the added benefit of producing food — our cattle can help sequester carbon, reduce fire fuels, and restore wildlife habitats. Whats good for the bird is good for the herd!

Audubon & Ranchers: A Shared Vision
Audubon is working on a market based, value added program that will benefit ranchers in the Northern Great Plains .  Also,  Audubon is helping individual ranchers improve sustainability of their grazing practices  to directly access premiums for grassland habitat stewardship.  Grassland birds and ranchers stand to benefit from this win-win, because after all, where birds thrive, people can prosper.


Audubon is working to:
• Create a decision support tool for bird-friendly land management practices
• Host regional rancher workshops to share and encourage uptake of bird-friendly land management practices
• Create premium beef market opportunities to reward bird-friendly land management practices


If you are a rancher CLICK HERE,  or a retailer CLICK HERE  interested in getting involved,  please contact: Alison Holloran, Executive Director, or Dusty Downey Conservation Ranching Program

Or to Contact Audubon Rockies office you can call us at 970-416-6931 

Thank you to the USDA NRCS

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