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The Big Red Park Fire

smoke plumes rise east of Big Red Park

The National Forests near us are filled with dead Lodgepole pines, killed by pine beetles over the past decade or so. The trees are long past the “red and dead” stage and are now at the gray and falling over stage. Much of the Medicine Bow and Routt Forests are a tinderbox. We want to see a number of smaller burns instead of a great conflagration.

A few days ago, our range conservationist on the Routt contacted us to let us know of a small fire on an adjacent grazing allotment. We went up and moved our cows away from the fire area. We are praying for moderate weather and no rain. My Dad was a great believer in fire as a range management tool. He may have sent that lightening bolt!

This fire could do our Forest a lot of good and literally “clear out the deadwood”.

 

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2017 in Cattle, Events, Nature and Wildlife

 

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Looking for love

Put me in, Coach!

 

It’s almost time for the bulls to seek romance with the cows. The highlight of the year comes just before the summer solstice, when their long months of waiting are at an end, and they get to hang out with comely cows in the beautiful Routt and Medicine Bow National Forests. What more could a bull want?

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2017 in Animals, Cattle

 

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Snake Fire

Helicopter with bucket hauling water to the Snake Fire

Helicopter with bucket hauling water to the Snake Fire

 

 

All the Forest waits

to burn, nature’s tinderbox

waiting for a match.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2016 in Events, Nature and Wildlife, Poetry

 

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Fall on Battle Pass

multi-colored Aspen

multi-colored Aspen

Columbus Mountain, Bears Ears, pine beetle killed trees

Columbus Mountain, Bears Ears, pine beetle killed trees

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Nature and Wildlife

 

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Views from the Battle Creek Overlook

Looking southeast toward the Zirkles

Looking southeast toward the Zirkles

Along Wyoming Highway 70 between Encampment and Savery, the Battle Creek Overlook provides a spectacular place to view the mountains. Just west of the Sandstone Ranger Station in the Medicine Bow National Forest is a paved road heading south. In a half mile or so, the Overlook is right off the road. The highway passed by here until the great slide in 2010.

Bears Ears from the Overlook

Bears Ears from the Overlook

Those are our sheep along Battle Creek

Those are our sheep along Battle Creek

 

 

 

Orange aspen grove above Haggerty Creek

Orange aspen grove above Haggerty Creek

View to the south

View to the south

Battle Mountain through the oak brush

Battle Mountain through the oak brush

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2014 in Events, Nature and Wildlife

 

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Gathering cows off the Med Bow

cows not wanting to leave the Forest

and we have to leave the Forest because???

October 1st is our off date for the cows on the Medicine Bow National Forest grazing allotment. We have had a blessedly wet summer, so we are leaving plenty of feed behind. The days have been warm, so the cows see no reason to leave to Forest. Still, we have to gather them and trail them into Sheep Mountain, our contiguous private land pasture. Good grass awaits them there. The next project is to work the cows and calves.

 

Eamon waiting for Fancy to grab breakfast before we head out

Eamon waiting for Fancy to grab breakfast before we head out

Randy, the Shanghaied range rider

Randy, the Shanghaied range rider

the last of the salt lick

the last of the salt licks

Peanut was also salt hungry

Peanut was also salt hungry

Fancy grabbing lunch

Fancy grabbing lunch

Val, the Borgie (Corgie/Border collie cross) brings up the cows

Val, the Borgie (Corgie/Border collie cross) brings up the cows

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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On the trail to the Forest

We have spent the last couple of weeks trailing the sheep onto their summer grazing permits on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests. All the ewes and lambs are on, and the yearlings are on their way from spring pasture.

Along the Savery Stock Driveway

Along the Savery Stock Driveway

 

 
 

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