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SEP-OCT 2018

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FEED•LOT September/October 2018 37 leave the land in a better condition than I found it for the next gener- ation who will hopefully take as good or better care of it than we have," said Dusty. O wned by the Baldwin fami- ly for nearly six generations, HALEAKALA RANCH is a family held corporation with about 100 shareholders that are all family members. The ranch covers nearly 30 , 000 acres on the island of Maui. Over time, the ranch has evolved, and lands that once belonged to Haleakala Ranch are now part of the Haleakala National Park, with nearly 1 million visitors annually traveling through the ranch to get to the sum- mit of Haleakala. "In the late 1920s there was an exchange, and that beautiful world- class crater area was conveyed to become a national park," said Jor- dan Jokiel, a land manager for Hale- akala Ranch. "To me that speaks to the commitment and history of land stewardship at Haleakala Ranch." Haleakala Ranch covers a di- verse climate, with some of the herd of 1,200 cattle foraging in drier country near the ocean while other parts of the herd are rotated through mountain pastures at high- er elevations. Cattle and rotational grazing O perated by the Hahn family, the HAHN RANCH raises 550 cat- tle across nearly 28,000 acres of public and private land and has been doing so for near- ly a century. Today multiple fami- ly members work together on the Hahn Ranch. "I'm the third generation on the ranch," Chuck Hahn said, "and my sons are the fourth. The fifth gen- eration is coming up with nieces and nephews." With fewer than 12 inches of rain each year, the Hahns have installed more efficient irrigation systems and have added new stock water tanks to allow them to fence their cattle out of riparian zones. "We're looking at ways to main- tain water quality in those wa- tersheds to maintain a healthy ecosystem and also to do things to improve the streambank health," said Dusty Hahn, Chuck's son and the fourth generation on the ranch. The Hahn family was also part of the restoration of Deep Creek, the Missouri river tributary that crosses the Hahn Ranch. The fam- ily worked with private and public partners to install the Montana ditch siphon, rerouting irrigation water under instead of through the creek, reducing sediment issues, improved water flow, and allowed fish to return. "Immediately after that project was done, we started having fish move up from the Missouri riv- er into Deep Creek here to start spawning," said Ron Spoon, a fish- eries biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. "There's more grass on the range units due to the rotational grazing system that the Hahns are imple- menting, getting stock water away from the creeks and the springs so those areas can be left for wildlife with less livestock impacts," said Justin Meissner, a district conser- vationist with USDA NRCS. The Hahn Ranch also grows wheat, barley and hay crops, ex- tending the grazing season to allow for longer rest periods on the range. Additionally, reduced tillage and cover crop rotations have had a positive impact on soil health. "I want to do things better and HAHN RANCH HALEAKALA RANCH

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