Areas of Value Creation

 

We believe the full worth of a landscape encompasses its human value and environmental value. We believe that this value should be measured over the very long-term.

Human value can be measured in financial returns (via returns from agricultural operations, from recreational use and from investment value) and emotional returns (via stories, history and the shared memories created within its bounds). Environmental value is much more challenging to measure, but ultimately comes down to the health of the land and its ability to support thriving wildlife populations.

We elevate the human and environmental value of ranchlands through our work in the following areas.

Wetland Restoration

Perhaps the single most crucial element of our natural landscapes, wetlands play a vital role in ensuring the healthy function of our ecosystems. By restoring wetlands on ranch properties, we support healthy biodiversity, improve water quality and quantity, reduce the impacts of seasonal flooding, and provide refuges for species to adapt to a changing climate.

Regenerative Agriculture

We embrace the new and evolving science of regenerative agriculture, including efficient irrigation, carbon sequestration, sustainable yields, minimal use of chemicals, holistic grazing, integration and consideration of wildlife in farming and ranching practices, and the humane treatment of animals. It is a connected system, after all.

Philosopher’s Beef

Legal/Title Cleanup

Title defects, such as access problems, easements benefiting others, financial obligations, and water rights or mineral rights issues, can doom property transactions. With decades of expertise in unique land swaps and sales, challenging ownership structures, and unique title situations, we help owners and sellers clean up these issues to add meaningful value to a property.

River/Creek Restoration

Healthy rivers, creeks, and streams are the heart of a healthy landscape — not only for native plants and wildlife, but also for the neighboring human communities, which depend on clean, plentiful water. We have transformed numerous landscapes through over 60 miles of creek and river restoration.

Hazardous Material / Chemical
/ Other Cleanup

Abandoned mines, leaking chemical contaminants, meth labs, mold problems, asbestos issues, and dangerous structures are blights on the landscape and on the value of a ranch. We carefully and responsibly remove human-caused hazards to restore a beautiful, healthy natural landscape, and increase a property’s overall value.

Upland Restoration

The American West provides permenant and migratory habitat to countless species, which depend on access to undeveloped corridors of land for their health and survival. As we face the dual threats of a changing climate, and constant loss of acres to development, restoring and protecting upland habitat helps allow wildlife to survive and thrive. We have eliminated entire subdivisions and pulled farm fields out of crop production to replant native vegetation for the benefit of wildlife and human inhabitants.

Conservation Impacts

Climate Change Mitigation

The release of carbon, methane and other greenhouse gasses is warming the planet. We revegetate habitat with native grasses, shrubs and trees, avoiding the release of greenhouse gasses, and instead, sequestering them.

Climate Change Adaptation

The climate is warming and habitats are changing faster than many species can adapt. We undertake habitat restoration projects such as wetland, creek and river restorations that create refuges for wildlife from a warming planet, giving wildlife more time to adapt.

Extinction Crisis & Habitat Fragmentation

Development is rapidly destroying wildlife habitat — humanity is literally loving our open spaces and wildlife to death. We undertake projects ranging from the removal of wildlife unfriendly fencing to permanent, legal land protection of critical habitats in order to keep — and expand — habitat for wildlife.

Rollback of Factory Farming

The industrial food system is poisoning our lands and waters and harming our wildlife. It also results in inhumane, unethical treatment of our domesticated animals. We work at a local level and transition properties to be more holistically and regeneratively managed.

View Project: The River Why Ranch