Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

Conservation Ranching

 Empowering consumers to make a difference in grassland conservation.

Grassland birds have suffered an unparalleled decline over the past half century, stemming from widespread development of North America’s grasslands. This calls for Audubon's action. To combat the negative effects of grassland degradations—and to keep grass on the landscape—Audubon has developed the Conservation Ranching Initiative. This market-based conservation approach offers incentives for good grassland stewardship through a certification label on beef products. For the first time, consumers can contribute to grassland conservation efforts by selectively purchasing beef from Audubon-certified farms and ranches.

The Audubon certification seal brings a broad market appeal that enhances demand by consumers that want options for beef that is sustainably raised and benefits wildlife habitat.

Western Meadowlark, Pronghorn Ranch, Wyoming, 18,000 acres enrolled in the Audubon Conservation Ranching Initiative. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon

Audubon Conservation Ranching In Action

Take a video tour of the Ranney Ranch in New Mexico to see Audubon Conservation Ranching at work.

Audubon Conservation Ranching Across the West

Birds That Depend on Grasslands