The Arsenal has a fascinating history in terms of policy and past human uses, in ecology and its natural surroundings. The tour will focus on ecological, biological, and managerial interaction b/w grazers and refuge’s multiple uses.
For example, prairie dogs and bison compete for forage and may serve as a rough analogue for competitive uses in other areas such as livestock and prairie dogs. Dietary overlap, competition for resources and implications of introducing an endangered species back into a system sets the stage for a series of ecological and administrative questions and how the convergence of policy, biology, and ecology can alter management decisions.
Bison Tour to West Bijou Bison Ranch
9am - 3pm
Bus leaves hotel at 9am, returns by 3pm
Cost $60- catered lunch by a local Native-owned restaurant included
Join the Native American Rangeland Advisory Committee for a Holistic Management International bison ranch tour on the Eastern CO plains. Our partner hosts for this tour are SRM, National Bison Association, and the Nature Conservancy.
We will discuss multi-species management, long-term sustainable ecosystem health and being a profitable enterprise. Participants will leave with a greater awareness understanding the natural resources used to bring a product from pasture to plate and the cost associated with different business enterprises.
We will discuss multiple enterprises which complement existing enterprises like ecotourism.
Join us for the tour, lunch and networking opportunities.
Attendance preference will be given to Native producers and managers, though all are welcome.
Matt Bain (TNC) will speak from Smokey Valley Ranch in Oakley, KS will speak on multi-species use.
Grassland & Forest; Kiowa Creek Ranch
Bus leaves hotel at 8am, returns by 6pm
Cost $60- lunch & drink included
Dry, frequent-fire conifer landscapes throughout temperate regions of the planet are as much grassland as they are forest. So why do range and forest managers often see similar resource concerns, but have significantly different Desired Conditions and resulting tools and approaches? Broad forest and range-based ecological concepts as they relate to forest and range management, as well as managing for a suite of ecosystem services suggests that fully integrated ecological based management is central to better managing these landscapes.
This tour will examine and discuss the science, controversies and objectives of management and restoration projects of dry-forest systems. Looking at forestry through an ecology lens leads projects in a different direction than traditional silvicultural management approaches, including the integration of rangeland ecology and concepts often exclusively applied to rangelands or grasslands. The science and data monitored from these ecosystems is enhancing our ability to understand how these ecosystems function to provide multiple benefits and ecosystem services in a forest that is highly integrated with urban populations.
It is also leading some federal agencies, such as the USFS, to adjust the ways in which they approach planning processes and long-term management for timber, range, and wildlife.