2013

The BLM recognizes the Beyeler family's dedication to improving land management through successfully implementing conservation practices on grazing allotments in the Salmon Field Office.  VIDEO

the Beyeler Ranch, outside Leadore, Idaho


The Beyeler family ranches on a mix of private and public lands outside of Leadore, Idaho, in the Lemhi Valley. 

The Beyelers received the 2013 BLM Rangeland Stewardship Award in recognition of their participation in restoration projects that improve conditions on the grazing allotments for which they are permittees and the surrounding lands.

In presenting the award, Lynda Boody, chief of the BLM's Rangeland, Riparian and Plant Conservation Division, congratulated the entire Beyeler family for their conscientious stewardship of public rangelands under the agency's jurisdiction. 

"Besides its economic and open space benefits, livestock grazing on public lands can help manage plant communities and accomplish conservation goals, " Boody said.


healthy riparian area on a grazing allotment in Idaho's Lemhi Valley    sagebrush habitat on a hillside in Idaho's Lemhi Valley

The Beyelers' two public land grazing allotments both meet the BLM's standards for rangeland health in Idaho 
and conform to the agency's guidelines for livestock grazing.  Above, left-right | a riparian area and stream channel 
that meet Idaho Standards 2, 3 and 7; upland sage-steppe where healthy native vegetation keeps out weeds
stabilizes soils, and provides habitat for sagebrush-dependent wildlife like the Greater sage-grouse.


               healthy vegetation stabilizing a streambed and channel banks    medium closeup view of healthy rangeland vegetation on a grazing allotment in Idaho's Lemhi Valley

The Beyelers have participated in restoration projects that improve aquatic and riparian habitats while conserving 
water, left.  Abundant, deeply rooted perennial grasses and native forbs in upland areas, right, show the effectiveness 
of strategic grazing.


Sharal and Merrill Beyeler on their ranch in Leadore, Idaho

The management practices recognized in the award citation have also benefited the local economy in Lemhi County.  Salmon-restoration capital funds supported removal of irrigation structures that posed a barrier to migrating fish. Removing the old structures improved the profitability of farming operations while conserving wildlife habitat and water.

"In our valley, the mentality has changed," said Merrill Beyeler, at left with wife Sharal.  "Now, everyone is seeing the importance of doing these kinds of projects."

Sons Bryant, Doug and Curtis Beyeler joined their parents in receiving the BLM Stewardship Award at the annual fall meeting of the Public Lands Council in Deadwood, South Dakota.