The Future of Conservation and Ranching Looks Like This

Jason Saulan landed in Eagle Point, Oregon three years ago. "General Manager of C2 Cattle Company," a 9,200-acre, 800 head cattle operation, was the latest post in his 20-year ranching career. “I actually started as a cowboy,” he said. “I worked my way through a few of the largest ranches in the country.” Two decades of travel, or “following the buffalo” as he calls it, taught him science, math, animal husbandry, and even a little marketing. “I may lack an MBA,” said Saulan. “But I’ve filed a tax return since I was 12.” And he’s learned about relationships – bearing witness to the rifts between agricultural communities, government agencies and conservation groups. It’s remained true, despite changing landscapes. “I’ve seen it nearly every where I’ve gone,” said Saulan. “You have groups of fiercely rugged individualists and then you have organizations and entities that, well … think very differently.” And then came C2. The ranch and its owners, the Coonan family, represented a shift in the paradigm. In 2006, they donated 1,500 acres to the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, earning them a local conservation award. In 2011, they voluntarily switched a portion of flood irrigated pasture to sprinkler irrigation to conserve water and have employed more efficient methods of irrigation overall. They are currently

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