See how Oregon beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.
Roaring Springs Ranch in Frenchglen, Oregon, is owned by the Sanders family with help from Ranch Manager, Stacy Davies. The main goal for the ranch is to be economically, ecologically and socially sustainable. The ranch is able to provide their cattle with high-quality food for year-round grazing by matching the animal production cycle with native plant nutrition creating a sustainable system for both the plants and animals. With such a diverse ecosystem on the ranch, Roaring Springs creates partnerships and cooperative agreements with local, state and federal organizations to focus on stopping invasive species, improving wildlife habitat and educating future generations on proper management techniques. In cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, the ranch instituted a prescribed burn program to not only restore watershed health but grass and forage health for cattle and wildlife. For their work in implementing these sustainability practices, Roaring Springs Ranch was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).
"My vision would be that we could better bridge the gap to our urban friends that what we do is good for the environment and what we do benefits them. Having good stewards on the land is better than not having anyone on the land and our goal is to be good stewards." - Rob Sanders, Owner, Roaring Springs Ranch
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