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
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. Borgreen has played a pivotal role in implementing innovative conservation strategies and fostering sustainable land management practices. His expertise in the field has led to significant advancements in collaboration amongst conservation partners and advances in cooperation and funding available for conservation in the area. Borgreen, with assistance from other noteworthy BLM staff, has played the role of figuring out the logistical side of BLM processes to increase conservation capacity for the RSA Conservation Committee. Through cooperative agreements set up between BLM, USFWS and RSA, the Committee has been able to impact nearly 75 miles of fencing. These improved fences reduce maintenance costs for ranchers while also improving wildlife habitat connectivity and ease of passage for moving big game animals. Borgreen and his team have been critical in the RSA Conservation Committee partnership in their help in securing additional project and personnel funds that have allowed us to better serve our ranching community.