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Ski Time with Charlie Gillis! Join us on Saturday, February 4, at 10 a.m. for an intermediate cross-country ski adventure lead by board member Charlie Gillis. The group will meet on Mount Emily in La Grande: go north on Owsley Canyon Road until you hit the T, then turn left. About a mile up, the road turns into a cul de sac; park there and get ready for about two hours of FUN. (Don't forget to bring your own boots and skis.)
There is only room for 10 participants, so please call Charlie today at 541.910.8949 to reserve your spot! Or check out our calendar for more details, and get ready for more Heart of the Blues outings to be announced shortly.
Hope to see you on the hill!
Every new year is an opportunity to reflect upon the things we'd like to do with our lives, the changes we'd like to enact and the traditions we'd like to continue. Here at Blue Mountains Conservancy, we have two big dreams for 2017:
And we can't do either without you. So please let us know if you've been considering putting your land into trust, and please let your friends know the same! In the meantime, feel free to peruse our Frequently Asked Questions section, which might answer some of your basic quesitons about Conservation Easements.
Thanks, BMC supporters! Together, let's DREAM BIG THIS YEAR!
This season, Blue Mountains Bulletin, our semi-annual newsletter, features a full-page spread of Tony and Andrea Malmberg, Union County residents dedicated to the Holistic Planned Grazing methodology. (Check out the entire article HERE, on page 3.)
But a single page just isn't enough to explore this successful ranching model successfully! So here are some links to more resources as well as photos from the Malmbergs' cattle operation. Feel free to contact us if you'd like to know even more.
We'd like to extend our thanks to JeffersonHub.com for their photo permission; below, see how grazing herds are contained with temporary electric fences, allowing them to emulate the high-density, quickly-moving habits of their native predeccesors. Check out JeffersonHub.com for more info; their site is a wealth of information!
Using similar Holistic Planned Grazing techniques, Tony and Andrea restored a parcel of land they purchased in Union County in 2009 that had been 'rested' for 23 years. In essence, there had been no agricultural activity there for almost a quarter of a century. It was desolate and non-viable, but within 3 years, their operation had grazing cattle, employees, vastly more vegetation, a dramatic increase in soil organic matter, and returned wildlife. A particularly nasty patch of Scotch Thistle, which had been regularly sprayed for 70 years, has been mowed down by cows. Recently, a visitor to their ranch, who had seen the vast thistle patch before the Malmbergs' intervention, noted, "boy, those few bushes sure do look lonely." See before and after pictures below.
For more general information on Holistic Planned Grazing and its positive impact on reversing desertification, visit The Savory Institute. As the spearhead of the Holistic Planned Grazing Movement, Alan Savory has quite a lot to share! His TED talk is also definitely worth watching, maybe even more than once! And if you're a rancher in Union or Baker Counties hoping to improve returns on your operation, feel free to contact us for more resources.
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Dedicated to promoting stewardship of private and public lands for the preservation of the rural character and natural legacy of NE Oregon.