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Rock Creek Ranch: A Collaborative Partnership

May 9, 2018
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
The Crystal Ballroom
Hoff Building
802 W. Bannock
Boise, ID

Guest Speakers are Karen Launchbaugh, Rangeland Center, University of Idaho; Lou Lunte, The Nature Conservancy in Idaho; and Wyatt Prescott, Prescott Cattle and Consulting, LLC.

Rock Creek Ranch, a 10,400-acre facility near Hailey, is currently owned by The Nature Conservancy and the Wood River Land Trust and is managed to conserve grasslands and prevent future development. The University of Idaho Rangeland Center will soon be taking the reins at Rock Creek Ranch, applying a collaborative management approach (with The Nature Conservancy and Wood River Land Trust still involved) to elevate rangeland science and education. While providing for public access and recreation, Rock Creek Ranch will serve as a podium for research on wildlife habitat, water quality, grazing management, wildfire, invasive species, and more. As restoration and research projects evolve, the ranch will host tours, outreach and educational events for landowners, ranchers, students, families, and legislators alike.

Karen Launchbaugh is a professor of rangeland ecology and Director of the Rangeland Center at the University of Idaho. The Rangeland Center is a unique organization of 35 university scientists and educators who work closely with land managers to bring science to address management issues on rangelands. Karen grew up on a sheep and cattle ranch in western North Dakota and has three college degrees in rangeland science including a B.S. from North Dakota State University, M.S. from Texas A&M University, and Ph.D. from Utah State University. Dr. Launchbaugh’s research and teaching focuses on applying principles of grazing management and targeted grazing to manage invasive plants, wildland fuels, and livestock-wildlife interactions.

Lou Lunte, Deputy State Director with The Nature Conservancy in Idaho. Lou has twenty-nine years of experience with the Idaho Chapter in a variety of positions and is TNC’s lead on the Rock Creek Ranch project. Married and father of two energetic daughters, Lou enjoys camping and hiking in Idaho’s many amazing landscapes. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho and currently serves on the UI Rangeland Center Partner Advisory Council.

Wyatt Prescott is the managing owner of Prescott Cattle and Consulting LLC, specializing in sustainable grazing, high risk cattle backgrounding and finish placement. A contractor for the University of Idaho College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the company executes the daily cattle management on Rock Creek Ranch balancing conservation, research, and productivity. Prior to proprietorship Wyatt served as the Executive Vice President of the Idaho Cattle Association and managed a commercial cow-calf and stocker operation in Concho, Arizona. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in agricultural industry management from the University of Idaho. Wyatt and his wife Christie have three children - Augustus, Agnes and Virgil.

Moderator and Forum Chairs: Gretchen Hyde

Radio Boise will record and broadcast the forum


Registration Deadline - Monday, May 7th at 12:00 pm




What Does Our Future Hold?
Lectures on the Relationship of People and the Natural World

Monday, April 23, 2018
Dr. David Grinspoon
7:30 pm

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Dr. Gary Machlis
6:00 pm

Boise State University Special Events Center
(adjacent to BSU Student Union)

COST: Free

Join the Idaho Environmental Forum, the Andrus Center for Public Policy, and Boise State University’s School of Public Service, Department of Physics, and Honors College, for two upcoming public lectures.

On Monday, April 23, IEF joins the Boise State Honors College and Department of Physics in welcoming astrobiologist and award winning author Dr. David Grinspoon for a lecture on his book Earth in Human Hands. Dr. Grinspoon is an Adjunct Professor of Astrophysics and Planetary Science at University of Colorado-Boulder and a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. His talk will focus on the human impacts on climate change. It begins at 7:30 pm.

On Wednesday, April 25, IEF joins the Andrus Center for Public Policy and BSU’s School of Public Service in welcoming former University of Idaho Forestry Professor and current Clemson University Professor of Environmental Sustainability, Dr. Gary Machlis. Dr. Machlis is co-author of the book The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water, along with Jon Jarvis, the former Director of the National Park Service. His lecture on the future of conservation in America begins at 6:00 pm and will include an opportunity for Q&A.

Both events are free and open to the public; no registration is required. They are at the BSU Special Events Center, adjacent to the BSU Student Union.

Recommended parking is in the Lincoln Garage. Parking will be $2.00 for Dr. Grinspoon’s talk, and free for Dr. Machlis’ talk.

HOW TO PARK: Recommended parking is in the Lincoln Garage. Once in the garage, park in any open spot, take note of your license plate number, and proceed to a ground level pay kiosk. You’ll be prompted to “buy” a ticket and will need to enter your license plate number. Choose the prompt indicating the talk you are attending. Expect to pay $2.00 for Dr. Grinspoon’s talk on the 23rd, and nothing for Dr. Machlis’ talk on the 25th.


May 9, 2018

Rock Creek Ranch: A Collaborative Partnership

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