Farmers Behind Your Food: Wineinger-Davis Ranch, Colorado
The Wineinger-Davis Ranch was established in 1938 in Ordway, Colo. Today Russell and Tricia Davis run the more than 12,000-acre ranch with future generations in mind. For them, conservation is a lifestyle, not just a land management strategy. Valuing education and outreach, the Davis family regularly hosts tours of their ranch to demonstrate the important relationship between conservation and agriculture.
The ranch integrates the management of a successful and productive beef operation with the habitat preservation needs of an array of wildlife species native to short grass prairie. Among other conservation achievements, Russell and Tricia placed perpetual conservation easements on the ranch in 2004 through the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Colorado Species Conservation Partnership program. The easement protects 12,245 acres of intact native short grass prairie and riparian ecosystems and requires proper livestock grazing to benefit the wildlife species that subsist on these ecosystems. By putting their land under a perpetual conservation easement, they made sure it will remain workable and in their family’s ownership for generations to come.
The Davis family was recognized by the Sand County Foundation as the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award winners in Colorado.
**This story was originally published by the Sand County Foundation.