The old conservation paradigm seeks to remove people and livestock from the land. However, scientists and land managers are demonstrating that we can’t just walk away and expect these landscapes to heal themselves. Human activity has so disrupted these natural processes that degradation will continue if we don’t actively seek to solve the problem. People and the livestock they manage are necessary to restore these ecological processes for our benefit and for the benefit of the wildlife we share this landscape with.
Come See What We Do
It is because of these things that we are also a Guest Ranch. We wish to share this large western landscape and all it has to offer. The Ranch showcases activities centered on enjoying the land, water, and wildlife. The more we can share the urgency of working together to help keep landscapes healthy and connected, the better. We need a wider net of people to become everyday advocates for regenerative land practices and policy.
Post Fire Restoration
The High Lonesome Ranch understands that wildfire is a natural, and in many cases, necessary part of the ecological process. These events were historically smaller and more frequent in scope, resulting in the ability of ecosystems, wildlife, and ranching operations to adapt and improve as a result. Fire suppression over the last 100 years has resulted in an overstock of fuels and a greater susceptibility to larger fires with extreme impacts.
The Ranch is adapting to the changed landscape and we are excited to see how our practices bring the land back to life. We have already seen how fire-adapted plants are thriving, and are watching as the bears, elk, deer, beavers, birds and more move back in. The cattle have become an even more important tool to help guide this process of ecological regeneration and rehabilitation.