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All Articles written by // Madeline Jorden

Madeline is the Ranchlands staff photographer and videographer.

January 2, 2018

“The Next Generation of Conservation Ranchers”

Duke Phillips could have been a “normal” rancher. Raised in northern Mexico in a second-generation ranching family, he came of age in a world where cowboys shot coyotes to protect their calves, ranches were grazed in their entirety year-round, and cattlemen were just that–men who raised cattle. The rancher-conservationist had yet to emerge. While the tide has been changing in recent years, with more and more farmers and ranchers embracing their role as land stewards, perhaps Phillips’ most radical act has been not just to join this growing group of agricultural conservationists, but, since the very beginning, to throw the doors open and invite others to observe and participate in the project for sustainable ranching.

October 9, 2017

Bird Banding Recap

A glimpse into the richly variegated world of Pink-sided Juncos, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Golden-crowned Kinglets.

November 29, 2016

Autumn Tree

A cottonwood tree prepares for winter.

November 29, 2016

Ranchmade Holiday Gifts

Ranchlands Mercantile originated with Duke III making leather goods for his friends and family in the tack repair room. Now, the Chico Basin Ranch leather shop is a popular place for our staff to make or fix items for themselves, and gifts for their family and friends. We asked a few members of our team what product they’d most like to give as a gift this holiday season. Here are their top picks:

 

The chico tote

 

When I lived in Denver, I came

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November 28, 2016

(Re)introducing The Saddlehouse

Back in the beginning, when Duke Phillips was just starting out on Chico Basin Ranch–the original Ranchlands property and the launching point from which the organization as it stands today grew and developed–he and a two-person editorial team published a monthly newsletter called The Saddlehouse. Full of tidbits about new staff members and visits from European guests, updates on a keynote address by Alan Savory on the ranch, and personal anecdotes about family travels, the death of a dog, or

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November 8, 2016

October Ranch Roundup

As we move into fall, the guest season winds down at Zapata, while we begin our annual weaning at the Chico.