Land & Natural Resources


The ranch range is dominated by both native grasses such as bluebunch and slender wheatgrass, Idaho fescue, Columbia and green needlegrass, mountain brome, and basin wildrye, along with introduced species including Timothy, Kentucky bluegrass, smooth brome, and creeping meadow foxtail. Various forbs and shrubs such as big sagebrush, willow, sticky geranium, lupine, cinquefoil, and western yarrow are also found across the landscape. We manage our land to produce a diversity of desirable plants, strong root systems, litter incorporation, and plant vigor – all indicators of a healthy range.

Appropriate livestock grazing for land health and forage productivity is one of the many ranch land uses. We utilize cattle as a tool to enhance the health of the range. As grazing treatments are planned and applied, livestock numbers are adjusted to achieve desired levels of forage utilization in specific habitats (such as riparian areas and meadows) and livestock herds are moved from one area to another as often as needed to preserve and enhance the health of the ecosystem.

Soils on the ranch vary considerably in depth, stoniness, and texture. Most are silty or sandy, low in organic matter content and highly erodible when exposed to action by wind or water. Soil depth is greater in the riparian areas and bottomlands associated with floodplain sedimentation.