Ranches are elemental to the Western panorama: large, lightly developed, frequently contiguous to other ranches or protected lands. Ranch planning typically incorporates riparian restoration, habitat enhancement, reconfigured infrastructure and residential spaces, and even cultural preservation. Agricultural and recreational activities must be harmonized. And a particular opportunity — and responsibility — in ecological design for ranches is contributing to the care of their larger surrounding ecosystems, drainage basins and wildlife corridors.
DHM’s long experience in work on sizable tracts in this region, notably National Parks, has given us a holistic sensitivity to these complex challenges. We’ve learned that wise planning can reveal and balance the natural, cultural and personal factors that make a ranch property precious and unique.