Last summer, Lone Mountain Ranch received a “Conservation Stewardship Program” (CSP) award from the US Department of Agriculture. These awards provide significant financial recognition to farmers and ranchers who are improving, maintaining and managing their resources in an exemplary, sustainable manner. The Program recognizes land stewards who are already employing state-of-the-art practices and gently encourages the implementation of additional enhancements.
In the case of Lone Mountain, we had been working for several years with USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to improve our pasture management, grass composition and watering facilities. In particular, Stanley Hartman, the ranch manager had established a good working rapport with the agency. This positive relationship lead to the NRCS’ staff suggesting that we apply for the CRP.
During this cycle of grants, 30 applications went in to the NRCS and Lone Mountain was one out of only 15 ranches that were successful. Lone Mountain was also the largest property recognized. Our future planned activities under this program focus on improving the management of wildlife resources at Lone Mountain.
We are very pleased to have received this recognition of our commitment to good management and the sustainability of the range resource.