U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Wyoming News Release
The LU Ranch, operated by Mike Healy, Danny Love and Steve Griffith, is located in the western Bighorn Basin in Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties - west of Worland, south of Meeteetse and northwest of Thermopolis - in the foothills of the Absaroka Mountains. The LU Ranch holds the largest grazing permit in the Bighorn Basin and the ninth largest in Wyoming. The LU grazing allotment consists of approximately 100,000 acres of BLM, 25,000 acres of state and 25,000 of deeded lands.
While LU Ranch accomplished many range improvements over the past 20 years, the most dramatic visible improvement has been along several miles of both Grass and Little Grass Creeks. Stream segments that once had few willows now have enough of this important riparian vegetation to support a healthy beaver population. Trout were introduced to Grass Creek in 1998 and are now reproducing in spite of the severe drought. An aggressive prescribed fire program, development of more summer pastures, and an adjustment of livestock numbers during the drought have resulted in improved upland range health.
BLM Worland Acting Field Manager Mike Roberts said, "The entire Worland Field Office range, fire, and wildlife staff agree that Mike, Danny, and Steve are all committed to their work, are constantly offering new ideas to improve management, and have found ways to accommodate multiple uses and still run a successful ranching operation."
The LU Ranch has been proactive in working with the BLM and state agencies in implementing range improvements and management practices that truly benefit livestock grazing, wildlife, and recreational opportunities. The lengthy list of accomplishments includes:
For more information please contact the Worland Field Office at (307) 347-5100.
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