Sunday, February 7 2010
University of Idaho Extension range specialist Kelly Crane spoke on managing dryland pastures for maximum cattle production and solar and hydro renewable energy for farms and ranches, at the Williams Conference Center at Lewis-Clark State College on Jan. 6. He co-presented with Ben Henson of Renewable Energy Solutions.
Crane also organized the Congress on Western Rangelands, a public symposium sponsored by the University of Idaho, the Intermountain Rangeland Livestock Symposium, the Idaho Section Society for Range Management and the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission. It was held Jan. 13-15 at the Boise Centre. The program was designed to help participants learn about the conditions and policies that influence western rangeland conservation and management from a multitude of perspectives. According to Crane, the conference provided a forum for dialogue about how to balance public and private costs and benefits within working landscapes. The goal of the dialogue was to allow for stewardship built upon local knowledge, best available science and stakeholder involvement.