LAND STEWARDSHIP TODAY
FOR A Better TOMORROW.
Working together Through Land Stewardship
Community Based Conservation Efforts
With pressures from outside interests and barriers in ranch transitioning, the Northern Great Plains has become one of the most at-risk habitats in the world. The Ranchers Stewardship Alliance aims to build rural resilience by using community–based conservation techniques that ensure the ranching industry remains viable for generations to come. Through conservation efforts like rehabilitating cropland to grassland, building wildlife-friendly fences, and improving water infrastructure, Ranchers Stewardship Alliance (RSA) works to promote and assist in implementing sustainable management practices that benefit ranches, livestock, wildlife, and the environment.
Sustainable land management
Practicing Land Stewardship Today For A Better Tomorrow.
Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
For wildlife that depend on healthy grassland and sage-steppe ecosystems, the prairie of north-central Montana is among the best places left in North America. Big game like mule deer, white-tailed deer and elk are numerous on the rolling plains. Bighorn sheep thrive in the steeper terrain of the Missouri River Breaks and the Little Rocky Mountains. This region is the stage for one of America’s longest land migrations: pronghorn antelope travel hundreds of miles between their summer range as far north as Saskatchewan and their wintering areas in central Montana. In an increasingly crowded world, there are few places remaining where a journey like this could still be supported by intact, natural landscapes.
Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
Healthy grasslands start with healthy soils. Soils are the ultimate source of habitat, forage and economic viability in our area. Intact soils of the native range are some of the largest terrestrial carbon sinks known and their conservation has worldwide Implications. A focus on soil health is a focus on the health of wildlife, livestock, our community, and our environment.
Healthier Landscapes, animals, & people
Gold Star Recipient
As part of our goal to improve over 90 miles of fencing for big game migration, we worked with Aaron Griffith and the Bowdoin Refuge to store and transfer fencing materials to landowners in projects to help ease the challenges of supply chain issues in the past year. Aaron provides a positive and supportive voice to the committee and its members and is always willing to help where he and his agency can. Aaron and his wife Cassie and son Levi have settled into the Phillips County community and we appreciate him and his commitment to involvement with collaborative conservation.