1. Preserving Beauty-Gene Simon My Environmental Hero

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    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! www.weboflifefoundation.net

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    • An Experience with the Quivira Coalition

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      Author Dan Dagget has touted the riparian habitat along the Gila River as it flows across the U Bar Ranch in southwestern New Mexico as possibly the healthiest in North America. The region is home to a flourishing population of Southwestern Willow Flycatchers as well as two species of threatened fish. In June 2001, the Quivira Coalition, an organization that promotes “sustainable ranching” held a weekend workshop in Silver City, NM, that included a tour of this riparian area. In this video, Mike Sauber, Gila Watch co-founder, recounts his experience of attending that workshop and the visit to the U Bar Ranch. He reveals that there’s more to the story of this healthy riparian area than ranching advocates have publicly acknowledged. This video is an excerpt from Mike Sauber’s interview in WESTERN TURF WARS: THE POLITICS OF PUBLIC LANDS RANCHING. See http://westernturfwars.com for information about the book.

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      • The Homestead Natural Foods Story

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        During the summer of 2009, a group of ranchers and farmers came together to form Homestead Natural Foods. Their collective efforts currently serve a number of highly regarded Treasure Valley restaurants that include the Red Feather Lounge, Bittercreek Alehouse, Le Café de Paris, and the Cottonwood Grille. Homestead Natural Food’s “beeves” are free of the antibiotics, hormones, and herbicide or pesticide residues associated with grain. What they have is a higher concentration of omega-3 fats, more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA is credited with cancer fighting properties), more beta-carotene, more vitamin E, and less total fat and calories than conventional beef. Grass-fed beef, like wild salmon, also tastes better than its factory farm alternative. “Our steers look like they came right off the feed lot, with good marbling in the fat,” sixth-generation Idaho rancher Ed Wilsey points out, “but the fat tastes more like a fine olive oil, and the meat has an excellent flavor and tenderness.” Homestead Natural Food’s approach to a more sustainable and healthy food supply is to begin with the soil itself. “We’re all of us grass farmers first, and beef is the by-product,” says Wilsey. “My granddad always said, “take care of the land and it will take care of you. We’ve cut our soil erosion down to practically nothing – the cows don’t take anything out that they don’t put back in.”

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        • Sagebrush Conservation - A Rancher's Perspective

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          This is an unused sequence from a larger film we did about the conservation of sagebrush habitat and its sage-dependent species. Disturbances such as oil and gas development and residential development have been displacing sage-dependent species at rates simply incompatible with their long-term persistence. Umbrella species like sage grouse have been so extensively pressured in the last century that they occupy only about 50% of their original range and are at about 50% density within that occupied range. If we can conserve sage haitats enough to support healthy grouse populations, we can protect virtually everything else dependent on this unique ecosystem.

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          • 805 Authenticos Trailer - Nathan Stuart

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            Dusty and trail ridden, Nathan Stuart finds modern ways of herding cattle and sheep into open pastures. He works day and night protecting the young ones from wild animals, and uses sustainable methods to preserve the herd for future generations. Nathan is not your typical cowboy, in fact he wouldn't even consider himself one. He has a deep love for the ocean, and the coastline sits just over the hill. It is here where he has balanced work and play and found solitude.

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            • Bob’s Sustainable Ranching Story - Filson in the Field Video, Wyoming

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              Bob Taylor, with the help of his wife Maggie and their daughter, Marisa, raise organic, grass fed, Black Angus beef cattle on Lonetree Ranch in Lonetree, Wyoming. An accomplished veterinarian (and one time host and focus of Animal Planet's Emergency Vet), Bob spends about 365 days a year applying a blend of art and science to the task of managing their land and animals in a way that considers the preservation of natural resources and protects natural ecosystems. "Because we believe it is the right thing to do, and because it is the best business practice for a sustainable future. "

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              • 805 Authenticos - Nathan Stuart

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                Dusty and trail ridden, Nathan Stuart finds modern ways of herding cattle and sheep into open pastures. He works day and night protecting the young ones from wild animals, and uses sustainable methods to preserve the herd for future generations. Nathan is not your typical cowboy, in fact he wouldn't even consider himself one. He has a deep love for the ocean, and the coastline sits just over the hill. It is here where he has balanced work and play and found solitude.

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