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Conservation Ranching Program Talk

September 14, 2021

Join Klamath Basin Audubon Society (KBAS) for a free zoom “Help for Grassland Birds: Introducing Audubon’s Conservation Ranching Program” presented by Matt Allshouse (Conservation Ranching Program Manager with Audubon California). Must register for zoom by Monday, Sept. 13th at klamathaudubon.org.

 Matt grew up on a ranch in Wyoming, where he gained “an appreciation for the intrinsic value of intermountain ecosystems.”  He has two Bachelor’s degrees from the Univ. of WY in “Environment & Natural Resource” and “Rangeland Ecology & Watershed Management.”

After graduation, he worked in Belize & Guatemala as a biologist for The Peregrine Fund where he “managed and directed field research and rehabilitation of the endangered Orange-breasted falcon (Falco deiroleucus).”

Matt says, “I have a passion for science, culture, and preserving wild places and the species that utilize them.”

Matt has also been a Head Rugby Coach, Team Leader for Search & Rescue, and a dedicated Ranch Manager at Antelope Springs Land & Cattle for 14 years in Wyoming where he directed ranching operations for grazing, recreation, and wildlife.

“As a rancher I have utilized science to develop dynamic and sustainable grazing practices to promote forage yield for cattle while preserving critical habitat for species from big game to migratory song birds.”

His current work with Audubon California utilizes “science-based ranch management methods which improve soil health and water quality, mitigate flooding and erosion, and capture ozone-damaging carbon.”

“Audubon’s Conservation Ranching Initiative has paired private landowners in seven states with local ecologists who guide them through sustainable grazing practices and other land-management systems that create vital habitats for birds. Cattle owners who commit to 
the initiative get to brand their 
beef with Audubon’s “Grazed on Bird-Friendly Land” label and sell it on a premium market for an extra 50 cents to $2 per pound.”

You can find out more about Audubon’s “Conservation Ranching” on the links below.  And don’t forget to register by Monday, Sept. 13th at klamathaudubon.org. More info: Klamath Basin Audubon Society (klamathaudubon.org).