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Safeguarding the Family Ranch

Stories from the Field

In the western U.S., family ranches — places where three generations often work together — are disappearing.  

As daunting property taxes and escalating debt force many landowners to sell, family ranches are increasingly transformed into residential subdivisions split into 10-, 20- or 40-acre parcels. 

Fading away is the family ranch—and generations of families knit together by hard labor and the lands and waters they steward.  

Disappearing, too, are wildlife habitat and open space that benefit all of us.  

The Nature Conservancy is committed to innovative conservation solutions that help families create a better future for ranchlands at risk in the West.  



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