Sage Grouse Save Ranches

"Well, working out here, you couldn't ask for a better place to work. It's pretty hard to have a bad day. But ranching is a tough way to make a living. I mean we all make a living. I can't say as we make any money... Economically, with the expense of equipment, of fuel, of wages of taxes of you name it...it doesn't pan out and lots of people are forced to have to sell out part or all and the only time you make money is when you sell the ranch." Maggie Miller, Wyoming Rancher, Grindstone Cattle Company "We are in a difficult situation in agriculture because the economy of agriculture doesn't keep up with the rate of inflation of the things we need to produce our food. How do we keep from going broke? And Conservation Easements I believe are a viable option for some families to continue ranching." Albert Sommers, Sommers Ranch When Wyoming ranchers Maggie Miller and Albert Sommers and his sister Jonita thought about the future of their ranches, one of the things they were most concerned about was ensuring that their land would remain in agriculture. But given the economics, they realized they'd have to do something unusual to make that happen. That's where the sage grouse comes in. Sage grouse "booming" and dancing is part of their courting ritual, and they return to the same place year after year to meet and mate. Protecting their "leks" is critical to the bird's survival. (You can see a bit of thi

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