MANDAN, N.D. — North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, in partnership with the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts, Sand County Foundation and North Dakota Natural Resources Trust, is hosting its annual grazing lands field day and tour from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Black Leg Ranch near McKenzie.
Jerry and Renae Doan and family own and operate Black Leg Ranch established in 1882 by Jerry’s family. In 2016, the family received the first-ever ND Leopold Conservation Award.
The tour is complementary. A $20 donation to offset the cost of supper is appreciated. Your RSVP by Friday, Sept. 8, is required to attend the evening meal and can be made by contacting Sue Balcom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-527-5169 (leave a message). You can also register for the tour online at https://squareup.com/store/north-dakota-grazing-lands-coalition/.
Topics covered during the tour include:
- Planned rotational grazing to regenerate native rangelands.
- Using cover crops to build soil health, cut winter feed costs, and propagate wildlife.
- Bringing the next generation into the operation.
- Strategies to work with nature and improve the bottom line.
Please dress appropriately for the weather and walking and don’t forget water and bug spray.
Driving Directions: From McKenzie: (16 miles East of Bismarck on old Highway 10 or I-94) 6 miles south on gravel road. Turn East on 62 Ave. and go 1 mile East. From Sterling: South on Highway 83 five miles, turn West on 62 Ave. Five miles West.From Moffit: North 4 miles turn West on 62 Ave. Five miles West.
NDGLC field trips are provided to the public as one component of its mentorship program promoting the health and sustainability of North Dakota’s 13.5 million acres of grazing land. The ND Natural Resources Trust is dedicated to preserving, enhancing, restoring and managing wetlands and associated wildlife habitat, grasslands and riparian areas in the state.
— North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition
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