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.
- Scholarships available to students starting spring semester 2023
Three, $7,000 scholarships are available to students who apply by November 17 for the Western Ranch Management and Ecosystem Stewardship specialization in the Masters of Natural Resources Stewardship. Students must begin their program in spring 2023 to be eligible for the scholarships. See the Education page for more information about the program and visit the Graduate School’s application website to apply.
- Grants received to research virtual fencing
The WRMES program has received support from the CSU One Health Institute and The Nature Conservancy to research virtual fencing adoption and uses. One project is working with ranchers to understand the opportunities, challenges, and information gaps with this emerging technology. Another project is evaluating the ecological impacts of virtual fencing enabled grazing practices
- Accepting Applications for the Western Ranch Management and Ecosystem Stewardship specialization
We are accepting applications for the Western Ranch Management and Ecosystem Stewardship specialization within the Master of Natural Resources Stewardship program. Applications are due by April 1 to begin this summer. See the Education page for curriculum and course requirements. You can read more about this program on CSU Source: CSU launches new multi-disciplinary ranch management program.