Linda Poole

Linda Poole

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 15:15

Sustainability: What's in a Name?

“Love the prairies? Thank a rancher and eat a steak!" is a bumper sticker that can be seen in convention center parking lots across the western U.S. these days. The message is not unexpected on dusty ranch pickups and battered Suburbans, whose drivers are attending annual meetings of the state Cattlemen's Association or Farm Bureau.

Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

Help us keep this region wild and beautiful

Bobcat! There’s a bobcat in the yard!

Staccato barking from my dog Keli woke everyone in the house at dawn on a recent November morning. Normally quiet and cheerful, Keli had anxiously whined and paced through the night between dark windows that overlook my untamed yard of scrub oaks, aspens, pines and firs. Living on a toe slope of the Sangres, all kinds of wildlife abound just the other side of the windows, providing endless entertainment for my whippet/Australian shepherd sidekick. 

 

Southern Colorado is poised on the cusp of transformative change. In the short time I've been here, I've seen drought, extreme winds, torrential downpours, flash floods and ferocious wildfires. Noxious weeds endanger biodiversity and ecosystem function. Water transfers and development pressures continue to require very careful planning and stewardship to avoid disrupting our wildlife and scenic beauty.

We have big challenges and tight timelines ahead as we work together to sustain this place we love so much.

  • "The Hood Family placed a conservation easement on our ranch because it gave us a chance to preserve the land as undeveloped property while allowing the operation of the ranch to continue to make ranching decisions as we have always done. It also provided funding to establish retirement funds and an investment portfolio, providing long-term income."

    – Keith Hood, fifth-generation rancher