Western Ranch Management and Ecosystem Stewardship

Grazing management in the San Luis Valley CO

Researching bark beetle impacts on Rocky Mountain forests

Sunset in SE Colorado

Touring a ranch in SE Colorado

What We Do

The Western Ranch Management and Ecosystem Stewardship Program, hosted by the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, is a developing academic and research initiative aimed at addressing today’s challenges of ranching in a rapidly changing world. Our program is founded on understanding the diverse ecosystems that define western landscapes, and the natural resources and processes that support ranching communities. We work closely with ranch owners, managers and stakeholders to identify education and research needs specific to the Rocky Mountain West. Ranches serve as the classroom and laboratory so students can learn by hands-on experience, interact with practitioners, and see first-hand the strategies used to keep working lands sustainable.

OUR MISSION
Support higher education, applied research and professional development for future generations of ranchers,
producers and land stewards through experiential learning and engagement in the Rocky Mountain West.


OUR VISION
Promote sustainable ranching practices through traditional and contemporary approaches that support our forests,
rangelands, wildlife and water while fostering livelihoods and strengthening the resilience of working landscapes.


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