There is still time to join us on the ranch for the HAR SER-RM 2022 Conference. On April 12th we will be hosting participants of the High-Altitude Revegetation and Society for Ecological Restoration Joint Conference for a tour and lunch on the Guttersen Ranch. Art and Parker Guttersen and Guttersen Ranches, have decades of cattle ranching history coexisting with oil and gas development on a 35,000-acre working cattle ranch south of Kersey, CO.
Reclamation activities have been conducted over the years with a focus on maintaining native vegetation and reducing soil erosion in sandy textures, to increase wildlife habitat and conservation, in conjunction with livestock grazing and rangeland stewardship. Projects are developing in soil carbon sequestration and storage through disturbed land reclamation and restoration on the ranch, including cheatgrass control, soil studies, and vegetation monitoring. Future educational opportunities are emerging for the community, with plans to get youth involved with agricultural and stewardship activities. The site visit will potentially include a demo of nearby reclamation equipment, as well as a variety of revegetation and restoration projects.
Fortress Development Solutions, owned by the Guttersens’, provides reclamation and restoration activities and is dedicated to quality operations. Kate Graves, Reclamation Division Manager, BS Soil and Crop Science and MNRS Rangeland Science, has extensive experience in reclamation projects for mines, oil and gas development, power generation, renewable energy, water resources, agriculture, and public open space.