638,000 acres with more than 300 species supported

Conservation
is
at our core

 

Stewardship of the natural resources at Pathfinder Ranches is the primary focus of all management decisions, programs and initiatives. The management team of Pathfinder Ranches is dedicated to protecting and conserving the unique ecology, wildlife, and natural resources of sagebrush and riparian ecosystems on a landscape scale.

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Open Space Preserved

The way to protect our open spaces is not to put them in needless opposition to development. The pressure for jobs and resources is not going away.

Here’s what we are doing to reduce that pressure: Pathfinder Ranches maintains 638,000 acres in the middle of Wyoming as the world’s largest sage-grouse habitat. That’s 30 times bigger than Manhattan, or roughly the size of Rhode Island.

Companies that purchase Pathfinder mitigation credits, in addition to using the credit to offset their disturbance, ultimately preserve this vast Wyoming habitat. This exchange is known as mitigation banking.

Forever, we are going to nourish these open spaces for wildlife and for the values that vast open spaces in Wyoming provides—because we live here and love this state, too.

Many Species Supported 

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The sage-grouse is the lead actor, but the supporting cast is equally marvelous.  Sage-grouse need specific elements to survive in sagebrush country like leks and wet meadows—the same habitats occupied by hundreds of other species. 

 

These “sagebrush-obligate” species at Pathfinder Ranches include ferruginous hawks, sage thrashers, mule deer, long-billed curlews and sage sparrows to name a few.  In fact, over 300 species rely on sagebrush country for their survival. 

 

Promoting active stewardship on Pathfinder Ranches benefits all the residents of the Sagebrush Sea.

Grazing for Habitat

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Well-managed livestock grazing is a benefit to rangelands and sage-grouse habitat, and the custodianship that the livestock managers at Pathfinder Ranches bring to the ecosystem is invaluable for conserving healthy landscapes.

 

Through its four grazing associations, Pathfinder Ranches manages the forage resources. Pathfinder requires ranchers practice time-controlled grazing to match grazing times and livestock numbers to the condition of the grassland resources, and rest-rotation to provide adequate rest periods for grasses and other plant communities, including endangered plants. Grazing rotations are consistently analyzed throughout all pastures and allotments to monitor rangeland conditions.