November 4, 2016
SILVER SPRING, MD — Matador Cattle Company’s Beaverhead Ranch has demonstrated its continued commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving recertification of its habitat management program from Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC). The program was designated as Gold Certified, signifying leadership among more than 700 WHC Conservation Certification programs. In 2002, Beaverhead Ranch, located near Dillon, Montana, was the first ranching operation to receive WHC certification and remains the only U.S. ranching operation certified today
“The Beaverhead Ranch is one of 177 programs recognized this year as meeting the strict requirements of WHC Conservation Certification,” said Margaret O’Gorman, President, WHC. “Companies achieving WHC Conservation Certification, like Matador Cattle Company, are environmental leaders, voluntarily managing their lands to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them.”
“Our conservation program focuses on providing sustainable habitat for a variety of animals by utilizing practices that work in harmony with the ranch’s operations," said Kyle Hardin, Beaverhead Ranch manager. “I’m proud of the ranch team’s dedication to conservation and making our program so successful.”
Working with biologists from state and federal agencies, ranch employees address specific threats to species such as the trumpeter swan and westslope cutthroat trout. Both have been identified as a “species of concern” and a conservation priority by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
In addition to certification, Beaverhead Ranch was nominated for WHC’s 2016 Mammal Project Award for successful elk, pronghorn and deer herd management practices. Ranch employees have worked to maintain healthy grasslands for foraging as well as wildlife-friendly corridors that reduce the chance of injury or death.
More information about Beaverhead Ranch’s conservation program is available at matadorcattle.com
About Wildlife Habitat Council
Wildlife Habitat Council promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. WHC Conservation Certification programs take corporate sustainability goals and objectives and translate them into tangible and measurable on-the-ground actions. Through a focus on building collaboration for conservation with corporate employees, other conservation organizations, government agencies and community members, WHC programs focus on healthy ecosystems and connected communities. WHC-assisted wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 45 states, the District of Columbia and 13 countries. www.wildlifehc.org
About Matador Cattle Company and Beaverhead Ranch
Matador Cattle Company is an indirect subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. It operates three ranches: Beaverhead in Montana, Matador in Texas and Spring Creek in Kansas. The ranches total more than 460,000 acres and support more than 12,000 head of cattle and the ranching families who call them home. Our enduring commitment to raising extremely high-quality beef is matched by our devotion to preserve the land on which that beef is raised. We’re unwavering in our respect for the history, lifestyle and natural resources of our ranches.
Beaverhead Ranch has a rich and storied history. It was originally established in 1865 in an area that had been traversed earlier by the Lewis and Clark expedition. The ranch has earned a Preservation Excellence Award from the Montana Preservation Alliance for preserving the historic character of its buildings, including an interior wall with signatures of cowboys dating back to the 1880s.
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