Tuesday, July 30th
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WLA’s annual Stewardship in Action Tours provide an opportunity for knowledge-sharing, peer-to-peer networking and on-the-ground discussion about how western landowners can make their voices heard in the policy arena related to range, forest and riparian management.
Vermejo Park Tour
Four Daughters Land & Cattle Ranch, owned and operated by Mike Mechenbier, consists of a quarter million acres in the Rio Puerco Basin of south-central New Mexico. He is switching to a modified grazing program which will enhance soil health, revive the native seed bank and has the potential to restore creeks that have turned alkaline back to sweet water. Being a sound business man, he is applying an innovative strategy to keep cost low by using water and supplements to move his cattle instead of adding many miles of fencing. Mike also has an effective wildlife management program. Learn more about Four Daughters Land & Cattle Ranch from this short video.
The historic Vermejo Park Ranch is a 560,000 acre ranch in northeast New Mexico and southern Colorado; its modern history originates with the Beaubien and Miranda Land Grant of 1841. The Ranch ranges in elevation from 5,878 feet to 12,931 feet in elevation and spans 6 ecosystems from short-grass prairie to alpine. Vermejo is home to approximately 7,500 elk, thousands of deer, pronghorn, Merriam’s turkeys, bear, cougar and other native wildlife. Bison were first introduced to the Ranch in the 1920s from the Yellowstone herd. The Vermejo bison herd, which in known as the Castle Rock Herd, have been proven to be unique both historically and genetically.