Good news spreads for range riding
Nov 13, 2013
The Spokesman-Review on Sunday ran a feature article telling the story of Conservation Northwest's budding range rider program. This last season, 2013, Conservation Northwest expanded the program to sponsor range riders for three ranch families in Washington.
The Spokesman-Review on Sunday ran a feature article telling the story of Conservation Northwest's budding Range Rider Pilot Program. The Spokesman-Review is eastern Washington’s largest newspaper.
Read the article here
It all started in 2011 when Conservation Northwest quietly started working with the Dawsons, a ranch family in northeast Washington. After seeing range riding used successfully in Alberta and Montana, the organization thought it could work at home here in Washington.
This last season, 2013, Conservation Northwest expanded the program to sponsor range riders for three ranch families in Washington.
All ranches are reporting great results with no wildlife conflicts and the idea is spreading across the state.
Jack Field, the Washington Cattlemen's Association's executive vice president was quoted in the story saying, "The success the Dawsons have had has gone a long way to helping promote nonlethal means and proactive measures to reduce conflict."
Building off this success, Conservation Northwest is working to expand the range rider program in 2014. "It's not enough to protect habitat," says Jasmine Minbashian, special projects director. "If we want to keep them here, wildlife need the freedom to safely move across the state."