In 2014, the CVA initiated and completed the first season of the Range Rider Program for the summer/fall grazing season. Range riders increase human presence around livestock to deter predator-livestock conflicts as well as increase community communication about what wildlife species they are seeing. For the first season, CVA had five participating landowners and one range rider covering 40,000 acres. In 2015, the program will expand to eight participants and three riders.
CVA also contributed to improving weed efforts across the Centennial community. Staff increased landowner outreach for County Spray Day participation, arranged and hosted a local Applicators Training for residents with Beaverhead County, and provided funding to partners to treat weed infestations in the Centennial.
Finally, CVA hosted and co-hosted educational workshops for the community, such as Whit Hibbard’s Low-Stress Livestock Handling Clinic, Beef-Niche Marketing with Western Sustainability Exchange, Sage Grouse Grazing tour with NRCS and the Fire Learning Network with The Nature Conservancy, as well as participated in strategic planning and capacity building workshops to increase the sustainability of CVA.
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