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Joseph Black and Sons

Bruneau, ID

Bruneau Rancher Chris Black's family has been ranching in Owyhee County for more than a century. When Chris took control of the family ranch, he decided to try some new management techniques to improve environmental stewardship and bring their operation into the 21st Century.

"I wanted to do things better. I wanted to manage better, and I wanted to be able to prove that things were working," said Black. "And it seemed like Holistic Management was a tool that would achieve all of those ends."

Holistic Management is a concept created by Allan Savory, a wildlife biologist from Africa who promotes the proper use of livestock grazing as a tool to increase biodiversity and ecosystem health. In the mid-1990s, Black attended some Holistic Management workshops, and he's been using Holistic Management in the Owyhee Plateau for over 15 years.

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