Pine Cliff Ranch is a working pasture raised, cattle ranch in Sedalia, Colorado, comprised of approximately 4,300 acres. It is located 6 miles west of Castle Rock and less than 35 minutes from downtown Denver. It is one of the largest ranches in Douglas County.
The Ranch is protected by a conservation easement through Colorado Open Lands, which guarantees that the land can never be developed. Since purchasing the property in 1999, we have been persistent in our efforts to return the land to a healthy, productive state with diverse wildlife habitats.
We believe grazing cattle is integral to maintaining the health and sustainability of the land. We accomplish this by utilizing planned rotational grazing, strategic placement of water and minerals for the cattle, and timing our grazing to avoid disrupting the natural ecosystem.
The Ranch participated in the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Conservation Stewardship Program and was selected by Douglas County, Colorado, to receive the 2011 Outstanding District Conservationist of the Year Award.
Conservation at Pine Cliff Ranch starts with managing for healthy soil. Through planned rotational grazing of our cattle, we have short grazing periods followed by long rest periods that allow for our grasses and forage to grow healthy and lush.
The increased vegetation then allows water to be captured and retained in the soil rather than simply draining off. By managing with an eye towards promoting healthy water and nutrient cycles, the Ranch’s wildlife and livestock benefit by always having high-quality forage.
The Colorado Natural Heritage Program recognizes the Ranch for its diverse riparian vegetative communities which is habitat for a variety of wildlife, including rare and threatened species.
By protecting these riparian areas along Garber Creek with permanent fencing and only grazing livestock there during the winter, they have exploded with life and provide excellent wildlife habitat.
Water quality has also greatly improved in these areas, and erosion has been halted. At last count, we had 33 beaver dams along Garber Creek, with 30 of them having been built since 2009.