The Quivera Coalition

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFounded in 1997 by two conservationists and a rancher, the Quivira Coalition (QC) is a non-profit organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, dedicated to building economic and ecological resilience on western working landscapes. QC does so through four broad initiatives: (1) improving land health; (2) sharing knowledge and innovation; (3) building local capacity; and (4) strengthening diverse relationships.

Quivera Colation projects include: an annual conference, an agrarian ranch apprenticeship program, riparian and uplands demonstration restoration projects in New Mexico, capacity-building collaboration with the Ojo Encino Chapter of the Navajo Nation, a journal called Resilience, and the promotion of the idea of a carbon ranch, which aims to mitigate climate change through regenerative food production and land stewardship.

From 1997 to present, at least 1 million acres of rangeland, 30 linear miles of riparian drainages and 15,000 people have directly benefited from the Quivira Coalition’s collaborative efforts. They have organized more than 100 educational events on topics as diverse as drought management, riparian restoration, harvesting water from ranch roads, conservation easements, reading the land- scape, ecological and photo monitoring, water harvesting, low-stress livestock handling, grassbanks and grassfed beef. They have published numerous newsletters, journals, bulletins, field guides and books, including a range-land health monitoring protocol and an in-depth manual on restoring function and health to incised channels. Lastly, they managed the innovative Valle Grande Grassbank, located near Santa Fe, eventually becoming themselves the producers of local, grassfed beef.

Most importantly, Quivira has sparked ideas across the West that have become agents of real change. Through their work, they have convinced ranchers to adopt conservation practices, environmentalists to value ranching, agencies to be more open to innovation, scientists to become more involved and the public to support all of the above.

Louis Bacon and The Trinchera Blanca Foundation are proud to support the Quivera Colation. Learn more here.