Gene Simon was a 95-year-old rancher conservationist who has been practicing sustainable ranching for the past 38 years. His land is home a special Riperian Area with many unusual plants and animals. He has told me that he does not have any depredations on his ranch due to his ranching practices of range riding and purchasing cattle who run nursery schools and guard their offspring.
Gene and his 92-year-old wife Elizabeth have put their land in conservation trust to preserve its rare beauty for all the generations to come. Gene passed away in April of 2012 at the age of 95. I miss you, Gene!