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2021 Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Annual Report

While 2021 was a year full of challenges and trials, it was also a year where we saw the intersection of “ranching, conservation, and communities” truly create “a winning team.” The severe drought, not just in our northern Montana counties, but across a large sweep of the region, brought with it feed shortages, water concerns,…
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2021 Impact Report

Hi friends, We’re so grateful that you’ve been a part of this Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Community over the past year. Together, we’ve made progress in our aim to help multi-generational and beginning ranchers build the collaborative, trusting relationships and community-based solutions we need to create healthy working landscapes and vibrant rural communities. Here are a…
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Join the Winning Team: Executive Assistant position now open!

  This position has been filled! Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Executive Assistant Ranchers Stewardship Alliance is a fast-growing, rancher-led organization based in Malta, Montana. We exist to help multi-generational and beginning ranchers build the collaborative, trusting relationships and community-based solutions we need to create healthy working landscapes and vibrant rural communities. Ranchers Stewardship Alliance is an…
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Join the Winning Team: Communication & Outreach Leader position now open!

APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED, June 8, 2022 This position has been filled Ranchers Stewardship Alliance: Communications & Outreach Leader Ranchers Stewardship Alliance is a fast-growing, rancher-led organization based in Malta, Montana. We exist to help multi-generational and beginning ranchers build the collaborative, trusting relationships and community-based solutions we need to create healthy working landscapes and…
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Preserving agricultural land, legacies in North-Central Montana

Internationally known speaker brings tools to navigate transitions and transfers for farm and ranch families to Malta and Glasgow events in March FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Do you want your farm or ranch business to remain intact for the next generation? Most do. Do you want the family to get along and come home for gatherings? Most…
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Volunteer fence maintenance a win-win for landowners, big game

By Martin Townsend, RSA Lands Coordinator   This summer, an effort between conservation organizations and Blaine County ranchers at the Louie Petrie Ranch north of Turner, Montana offered two days of hands-on learning, practical ranch work, and collaboration to benefit ranching and pronghorn migration in the region. The Obrecht family hosted more than 40 volunteers…
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2020 Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Annual Report

In the midst of severe drought, we’re constantly reminded of the power of deep roots. The Ranchers Stewardship Alliance has been working to solve problems and create a brighter future for our ranches, our rural communities and the wildlife that depends on this land for more than 17 years. [caption id="attachment_2728" align="alignright" width="300"] Leo Barthelmess,…
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Soil Health Tour with Nicole Masters ahead

Internationally recognized agroecologist, author and teacher Nicole Masters will facilitate five in-person soil health workshops across North-Central Montana this summer. “In the midst of a drought, we’re all thinking, ‘What can we do to make our land and our ranches more resilient?” rancher and Musselshell Watershed Coalition coordinator Laura Nowlin said. “Anything we can do…
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NextGen Fencing: The Future of Pasture Management

Montana rancher shares lessons learned with virtual cow collar technology in free May 18 webinar. By Laura Nelson, Ranchers Stewardship Alliance He never thought he’d see it in his lifetime. “This started with a conversation with a friend in the wildlife community,” Montana rancher Leo Barthelmess said. They discussed the challenges old, barbed—wire fencing posed…
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February 9, 2021 Ranchers Stewardship Alliance meeting agenda

5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 Ranchers’ Stewardship Alliance February 2021 Meeting Agenda Download the full meeting packet with zoom call-in info here, or email Laura at info@ranchstewards.org for more information. Mission Statement: Ranching, Conservation, Communities – a Winning Team! Introductions/Roll Call (5 p.m., 25 minutes for next five agenda items) Agenda additions/changes Outreach: Has…
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