Becoming the Beaver

How one rancher’s unconventional approach is bringing water back to an arid landscape. The sweet peas are popping up in north Phillips County, enjoying the cool Montana spring before the heat of summer puts them to rest for another year. Birds chirp. The breeze is cool, the air fresh. And in the mind of Brian […]

Nonprofits Collaborate for Agricultural Grassbank Campus

Ranchers Stewardship Alliance (RSA), a rancher-founded nonprofit based in Malta, MT, and Winnett ACES, a grassroots-led nonprofit in central Montana are jointly announcing a partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to create a potential “grassbank campus.” If realized, the campus would serve as a physical location for continuing agricultural education alongside the fostering of grazing […]

Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Launches ‘Giving Tuesday’ Campaign

Feeling tapped after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday? We understand! For this reason, Ranchers Stewardship Alliance (RSA) is thrilled to announce our ambitious “Giving Tuesday” campaign. This initiative is designed to encourage engagement with RSA across various platforms without costing you a dime. Ready to subscribe? YouTube Channel: RSA is urging individuals […]

Ranchers Stewardship Alliance, Montana NRCS Announce Major Partnership

Nonprofit Receives $875,000 Award and Adds Staff Position for Geospatial Coordinator Ranchers Stewardship Alliance (RSA) is proud to announce a significant partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of Montana, a momentous step forward in private lands conservation and prioritized ranch resiliency efforts. This partnership, solidified by an $875,000 award, will enable RSA to […]

Ranchers Benefit from Fencing Projects with Ranchers Stewardship Alliance

There’s been entire books written on the history of fencing in the West.  The evolution of barbed wire, the impact fences had on the landscapes, and the range wars that ensued when fences first went up are all remarkable and fascinating stories that will forever stand in the history of the American West and the […]

Mike Borgreen, Glasgow BLM, Receives RSA “Gold Star Award”

The Ranchers Stewardship Alliance (RSA) is proud to announce that Mike Borgreen, a dedicated biologist and current Acting Field Manager from the Glasgow Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been awarded the 2023 RSA Gold Star Award for his exceptional contributions to conservation and land stewardship. The RSA Gold Star Award is presented annually to […]

A Deep Dive into the Carbon Markets

With increased trading of carbon credits in the “Ecosystem Marketplace,” ranchers throughout the countryside are questioning the risks and rewards associated with entering a carbon credit contract.  During a recent panel discussion co-hosted by Good Grazing Makes Cent$ and the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance at the annual Society for Range Management meeting,  all angles of the carbon […]

Succession Stories Events Rescheduled for March 13, 14

UPDATE: The following depicts updated information for an event that was previously planned for February but has been moved to March. If you purchased tickets and/or sent in an RSVP for the February event, those have been tracked and will be honored. If you’d previously paid but are now unable to attend, we’re happy to […]

New Waterline Ensures Cattle Stay on the Land and Land Stays Intact

With financial assistance from RSA, Ducks Unlimited (DU), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (MT FWP), Jim and Dee Shettel drilled a 700 foot well and piped the water across two sections of expired CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) pastures to several tanks.

Grass is to cattle as water is to conservation. Ironically, that analogy could be shuffled in any order and still carry the same meaning. To conserve grasslands, it is critical to maintain the ability to stock pasture with cattle, and to do so, access to stock water is necessary. That is why groups like the […]