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Strategic Ranchland
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Mapping the Threats to Prime Ranchland in Seven Western States

Help Protect Our Western Heritage and Ranching Landscapes

  • Support efforts to increase the profitability of ranching. Buy local beef, lamb and other agricultural products. There is no ranchland without ranchers.
  • Ranches produce a wide range of ecological goods and services. Support conservation programs that compensate ranchers for growing wildlife habitat, controlling the spread of noxious weeds and other ecosystem services.
  • The ranchlands on this map are a limited regional resource. Promote efforts to help reduce the loss of the most productive ranchlands in the Rockies at the state and local levels. This analysis is the first step.
  • Promote stabilizing the land base. Encourage public finance efforts that keep ranchland in production. State and local purchase of development rights programs such as the Montana Agricultural Heritage Program and the Gallatin County Open Lands program are critical for maintaining working landscapes in the Rockies

To support ranchland protection efforts, contact American Farmland Trust (800.370.4879) or The Nature Conservancy, Rocky Mountain Division (970.484.2886).

This research was conducted by American Farmland Trust (AFT),the Center of the American West, and The Nature Conservancy. It was funded through the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and AFT members. The map was developed by Adaptive Mapping Systems.

For more information or to obtain a complete copy of this report, contact the Rocky Mountain Regional Office of American Farmland Trust at 800.370.4879.

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