LD Ford, Consultant in Rangeland Conservation Science: SERVICES


GRAZING FOR CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY--Do you need to adjust conventional grazing or re-introduce livestock to meet conservation objectives? Do you need to improve or maintain habitat quality for special-status species? Do you need your grazing operation to be sustainable? Do you want to apply the Adaptive Stewardship Grazing Model?

PROTECT RANGELAND WATER AND SOIL, REDUCE PEST PLANTS AND FIRE FUELS--Do you need to improve or maintain water quality and soil integrity at your grazed property? Do you need to reduce pest plant infestations and accumulations of fire fuels?

COMPREHENSIVE RANGELAND MANAGEMENT SERVICES--Do you need assistance to develop strategy, establish technical advisory panels, conduct planning studies and analyses, assure high standards of professionalism and scholarship, establish and supervise planning and monitoring teams, and adapt the plans to future changes?

SHORT-TERM OR ONGOING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE--Do you need assistance to conduct a technical review or policy document update, supervise grazing operations, monitor compliance with terms of a lease or easement, improve and maintain collaboration with the grazing lessee, provide technical guidance, and report progress?


Our specialties include:

  • Planning and Grazing Prescriptions to Achieve Conservation and Sustainability Objectives
  • Monitoring of Conservation Performance, Interpretation of Results, and Adaptation of Plans
  • Grazing-Related Infrastructure for Conservation Rangelands
  • Scholarly Investigations, Expert Workgroups, and Training Programs on Management Challenges


We provide technical assistance--to assist you with staff support, individual consultations, or comprehensive projects...


Larry Ford, Ph.D. has 36 years and Pete Van Hoorn, M.S. has 12 years professional experience in rangeland management and conservation science.


1. Comprehensive Rangeland Assessment and Management Planning

  • Grazing management and conservation planning for rangelands (including maintenance and enhancement of special-status species habitat, control of pest plants, protection of water quality, and reduction of fire hazards)
  • Science-based assessments of rangeland resources, site potentials, grazing effects, special manaagement needs, grazing field arrangements, and cooperative stewardship opportunities
  • Rangeland ecosystem health evaluations
  • Livestock infrastructure, operations, and grazing capacity evaluations (including wildlife-friendliness and costs)
  • Horse property and facilities planning (including infrastructure, operations, manure management, wildlife management, and grazing capacity)
  • Mitigation and conservation enhancements strategy, planning, and cost evaluations
  • Environmental documentation of existing conditions and development for rangeland easements and monitoring baselines
  • Mapping and historical air photo documentation

2. Rangeland Monitoring and Grazing Lease/Easement Supervision

  • Monitoring of rangeland properties, grazing leases, and conservation easements (including contractual and regulatory compliance, rangeland ecosystem health, management effectiveness, and ranch sustainability)
  • Development and negotiation of terms for management and effective conservation
  • Management supervision for specialized conservation properties
  • Conservation easement and grazing lease management supervision (including livestock operations, improvement of collaboration, and interfacing with property managers, public, and regulatory agencies)
  • Horse property management supervision (including operations and pasture management)

3. Short-term Technical Reviews, Updates, Advising, and Customized Training (Supplementary Services)

  • On-call advising
  • Rapid needs assessment (from your office or ours)
  • Tools to facilitate planning and information referencing
  • Customized training, workshops, and informational materials

4. Investigation of Legal Cases Involving Livestock Grazing (Summary of Cases)

  • Legal problem investigation and litigation advocacy (including livestock escapes, collisions with vehicles, and damages to property or natural resources)
  • Forensic and practical analyses (including livestock operations, fencing, other infrastructure, and management conditions compared to professional standards)
  • Expert witness testimony