Sustainable Land Stewardship – Grazing to Conserve Rare Prairie
October 26, 2017
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds
25690 East Quincy Avenue
Aurora, CO 80016
Would you like to spend time on beautiful remnant Piedmont Prairie?
Would you like to see firsthand how grazing management has regenerated grasslands?
Would you like to learn about enterprise diversification and land planning strategies?
Our Lowry Range Day is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers.
Holistic Management works with nature, not against it. We will discuss planet and animal-friendly management techniques that lead to richer soil, improved water containment, nutrient-dense food, more successful farms and ranches, and thriving communities.
Come and be a part of this on-the-ground learning day, connect with others who care about a healthy food system and help strengthen your local communities. Because we all have a stake in the way our food is grown.
What to Expect
At the Lowry Range Day, you will…
- Learn how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of regenerative agriculture
- Hear about the unique Piedmont Prairie system and spend time appreciating the beautiful diversity of Colorado’s largest remnant Piedmont Prairie
- See how effective grazing management has improved Lowry Range riparian areas.
- Hear how Trainor Cattle Company has diversified to ensure profitability even with low cattle prices.
- Discuss practical grazing strategies to maximize production and profitability from both land and animals
- Discuss land planning strategies that allow better grazing outcomes
- Learn about enterprise diversification and opportunities
- Practice Rangeland Health Assessment to monitor land health
- Share information with and learn from Land Trust Alliance members and other experienced producers
Advanced registration is $50 per person (includes lunch). On-line registration closes October 23, 2017. Walk-in registration will not be available.
Register soon, as we have limited space available. Sorry, registration fees are non-refundable.
If you are unable to register online, please fill out the HMI Event Registration Form and mail along with your check or money order to:HMI Registration Dept.
5941 Jefferson St. NE, Ste B
Albuquerque, NM 87109
This is a rain or shine event. We will be spending parts of the day out on the land, and boots or other enclosed protective footwear, as well as long pants, are recommended. Please bring your own water bottle.
|Thursday||October 26, 2017|
|9:00 AM||Arrival & Check-In at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Windmill Room|
|9:15 AM||Lowry Range Overview: Colorado State Land Board Goals & Challenges - W. Woolston; Holistic Management Collaboration with CSLB & TNC - K. Harris; Stewardship & Value-Added Management Opportunities - W. Burnidge; Lowry Range Field Tour - K. Gadzia & N. Trainor|
|10:15 AM||Depart for Lowry Range, Vantage view of Piedmont Prairie and then to Coal Creek|
|10:30 AM||Coal Creek Riparian Area: W. Burnidge, N. Trainor, K. Gadzia, T. Schultz|
|Noon||Box Lunches at Coal Creek; Land Planning: W. Woolston, N. Trainor, K. Gadzia|
|1:00 PM||Coal Creek Management & Grazing Planning: N. Trainor, K. Gadzia|
|1:30 PM||Piedmont Prairie History, Desired Outcomes & Monitoring: W. Burnidge, N. Trainor, T. Schulz, K. Gadzi; Financial Considerations & Enterprise Diversification: N. Trainor;|
|3:00 PM||Stewardship Trust Program: M. Gottsegen; Closing, Q&A, Evaluations|
|4:00 PM||Buses depart Arapahoe County Fairgraounds to hotel|
The Lowry Range property is held by the School Trust and managed on behalf of that Trust by the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners (CSLB). The property is located in unincorporated Arapahoe County at the southeastern edge of the greater metropolitan Denver area. Since the Lowry Range was acquired by the CSLB in the 1960s it has been used for grazing, limited mineral development, low-impact recreational use, and for multiple rights of way—in all, approximately 20 leases exist on the 26,000 acre Lowry Ranch. The ranch is also home to many diverse species including pronghorn antelope, well over 150 bird species including nesting bald eagles and 13 other raptor species, and one of the largest contiguous tracts in Colorado of an important type of native grasslands—remnant Piedmont Foothills prairie. The CSLB is working with TNC to meet certain conservation goals such as improved wildlife habitat for birds and balancing prairie dog conservation with a viable agricultural operation. Overseeing this project is William Woolston, the CSLB North Central District Resource Specialist. Because of its size, location, and complexity, both the CSLB and TNC believe that the operation at Lowry offers a great opportunity to show that Holistic Management can be a powerful tool for advancing a successful ranching operation that meets the requirements of ownership and that supports ecosystem and rangeland health and the conservation of many species of plants and animals.
Please meet at the Windmill Room
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds
25690 East Quincy Avenue
Aurora, CO 80016
We will caravan from the classroom to Lowry Range for the outdoors portion of the day.
Holistic Management International Certified Educator, Founder of Resource Management Services, LLC
Kirk has over 20 years of experience teaching the concepts of Holistic Management® worldwide. Combined with his extensive international consulting work on many agricultural operations, he is uniquely qualified to help ranchers achieve their learning objectives. Kirk is co-author of the important National Academy of Sciences book: Rangeland Health. He holds a BS degree in Wildlife Biology and an MS in Range Science. Kirk works directly with producers to achieve profitability in their operations. He also provides customized training and consulting to a wide variety of conservation organizations. Kirk’s interactive, hands-on style approach comes from years of assisting people on the land. His courses are known for a relaxed atmosphere, open dialogue and practical real-life examples.
William Burnidge, TNC’s Sustainable Grazing Lands Program Director
William Woolston, Colorado State Land Board North Central District Resource Specialist
William Woolston was raised on a ranch in Sheridan, Wyoming and grew up working on and then managing a 3rd generation family ranch, John E. Rice & Sons, Inc. The ranch was known worldwide for quality registered Polled Hereford cattle and under William’s management was awarded 14 U.S. or Canadian National Champions. During his tenure as president and general manager of John E. Rice & Sons, Inc., William served in various national and state leadership roles:
- National Director, American Polled Hereford Association, 1990–1994
- Director, National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO, 1990–1995
- President, Colorado-Wyoming Polled Hereford Association, 1983–1985
- President, Montana Polled Hereford Association, 1988–1989
- Director, International Polled Hereford Breeders Futurity, Louisville, KY, 1988–1994
- He was also selected to participate in the Wyoming Leadership, Education, and Agricultural Development Program.
William attended Montana State University, then later continued his education at the University of Arizona, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Rangeland Ecology and Management. Before accepting his current position with the Colorado State Land Board, William spent two years as a range conservationist with the Sage Grouse Initiative in Meeteetse, Wyoming. He provided range, habitat, wildlife, and agricultural assistance including rangeland monitoring to agricultural producers in the Big Horn basin.
William serves as Field Staff Team Leader and Resource Specialist for the North Central District. He also oversees management of a holistic grazing program designed to improve the quality of habitat for livestock and wildlife through improved grazing and forage management on the Lowry Ranch.
Nick Trainor, owner Trainor Cattle Company
A fifth- generation rancher from southeastern Colorado, Nick Trainor has always known he wanted to be a cattleman and has been running cattle on leased land since high school. Nick studied animal science and agriculture business at Colorado State University, with an emphasis in integrated resource management. Nick worked as a range management specialist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service for 9 years before becoming a fulltime rancher and starting Trainor Cattle Company. Nick is a holistic management practitioner, and is a member of the Ranching for Profit alumni program, Executive Link. In January 2014 Trainor Cattle Company was selected through a competitive process to be the grazing lessee on the 26,000 acre Colorado State Land Board (SLB) Lowry Ranch property. This unique lease is based on holistic management principles and will serve as a test-bed to be used on additional SLB properties.
HMI Program Director
Holistic Management Professional Certified Educator
Kathy Harris has been involved in Holistic Management since the late 1990s and has experienced first-hand the life-changing impact of making decisions based on a holistic goal. Her love of the land and enthusiasm for nutrient dense, traditional foods pulled her from suburban life and a previous career in technical documentation and training to begin a small farm to provide good food and a venue for home-schooling her two daughters. Her 15 years of farming includes cow and goat dairying, raising poultry for meat and eggs, honeybees, fruit and nut orchards, and vegetable gardens as well as managing a 250-acre ranch in Texas, developing infrastructure and enterprises for grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured poultry and native pecans. She joined HMI at the beginning of 2015, now a city-dweller working at a stand-up desk in a mostly-office job. She spends off-hours creating an urban food oasis in her tiny high-desert back yard, helping at local farms and ranches, and teaching others about the amazing power of soil life as a Bernalillo County Master Composter.
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Thank you to our Sponsor
Thank you to our Collaborators
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