Our Commitment to the Environment
Yolo Land & Cattle Co.
Our philosophy at Yolo Land & Cattle Co. has always
been "Take care of the Land, and the Land will take care of you." It is
a philosophy we incorporate into all management decisions on our own
ranches, as well as those we lease. Our goal is to leave the
properties we manage in better condition than when we started as
caretakers. The ranching business is dynamic and economically
challenging, yet we believe that sound stewardship and regard for our
impacts on the environment are critical for a viable future.
For many years, the working landscape of our ranch has been
dramatically transformed, through the efforts of Scott Stone, our
family visionary. In order to complete the numerous
restoration projects on the ranch, we have developed close partnerships
with multiple government agencies, non-profit organizations,
universities, and private entities. With the help of these
partners and allies, we constantly strive to improve our rangeland
ecosystem, while producing a healthy product in an economically, yet
environmentally sustainable manner.
As we evaluate new projects for our ranches, we examine
several key components to determine if the benefits coincide with our
goals and objectives:
- Will the project benefit the watershed,
increase the wildlife density/variety, or improve forage conditions?
- Is there a public education benefit to
- Can any research data be utilized to
further benefit the cattle industry and working landscapes?
- Will the result enhance the long-term
economic viability of the operation?
- Which partners can we involve?
Example - Perkins Pond Project:
Step 1a. Excavate decades of old silt to deepen pond and
increase storage capacity.
Step 1b. Install solar pump to pump stock water to a remote
tank & plant native grasses and trees.
Step 2. Re-Establish Native Perennial Vegetation. Student
Volunteers Place Protective Cages Around New Plants.
Step 3. Install Goose
Step 4. Watch Nature
Flourish. This wildlife enhancement project was implemented by: Yolo
Land and Cattle Co., Audubon California, and Farms Leadership Inc. with
funding provided by State of California Wildlife Conservation Board and
Calfed Bay-Delta Program.
The First Goslings Enjoy our
Our greatest reward for these efforts is the increase in
frequents the ranch. When we see a muddy pond bank crowded
with 14 Western Pond Turtles, (a species of concern to state and
federal agencies), or a Canada goose hustling her yellow goslings into
a protective clump of cattails, it tells us that we’re on the right
Conservation work done on the ranch enabled us to earn the 2007 National Environmental
Stewardship Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef