MacGregor Ranch: Counting Their Top Ten Blessings From 2010
By: Michelle Hurni
As the last page of the 2010 calendar counts down to 2011, historic MacGregor Ranch recaps their top 10 blessings of 2010 and thanks the Estes Park community for their ongoing support.
10. MacGregorRanch.org is being updated, complete with 360 degree video views from each season. The website showcases the stewardship at the Ranch, as eloquently written about by Jonas Feinstein, State Forester, Natural Resources Conservation Service: “resplendent mountain meadows and towering ponderosa pines. This inspired setting is further enhanced with the 100+ year lineage of angus beef cattle and haying that continue to be worked on the ranch, to produce sustainable, safe and healthy beef … and conservation of the ecosystem that provides food to the community.”
9. In support of the award winning local Rooftop Rodeo (Best Medium Size Rodeo in the PRCA Mountain States Circuit), the Ranch hosted the Queen’s luncheon for the 2010 Queen, Marley Mardock.
8. In fulfilling their mission statement of educating children “of all ages,” the Ranch hosted four Heritage Camps, up from three in 2009.
7. To maintain the homestead, the Museum, aunt’s house and foreman’s house received extra care, including trim paint and/or oil stain.
6. To bring the Ranch into the modern era, a new drip watering system was installed in the garden and the solar system South gate was replaced with a more efficient system.
5. With 2,000 acres held in the charitable trust, the maintenance is endless. The Ranch replaced three miles of old fence on Dry Gulch, along with five large wood gates, two metal gates and much of the wood post and rail in the main corral. 40 shrubs and rose bushes were donated and planted around the Ranch.
4. Maude’s Mercantile and the Museum had a record number of visitors. Handmade items donated for the Mercantile was at an all time high.
3. MacGregor Ranch was selected a year ago by the CSFS as a pilot project to test out the NRCS Forestry Conservation Activity Plan in Colorado. As part of that conservation, Feinstein says, “the forest could serve as the finest example of what ponderosa pine restoration in the Northern Front Range can accomplish.” 400 beetle trees and 100 mistletoe infested trees were removed from the ranch. Over 25,000 board feet of beetle trees were milled on the property and the wood will be used to overlay the big barn floor, preserving its historic integrity.
2. In keeping with the MacGregor legacy of operating the Ranch as a working cattle ranch, the herd thrived and a record amount of all natural grass fed Aberdeen Black Angus beef was sold.
And finally, the #1 blessing for MacGregor Ranch …
1. The volunteers who donated their time to maintain and preserve the Ranch for future generations.
In the words of State Forester Jonas Feinstein, the Ranch is “conservation folks, pure and simple.” It exists on the donations (both financial and volunteer) so it can continue its stewardship of the land. To read the entire letter by State Forester Jonas Feinstein concerning land stewardship at the Ranch, go to MacGregorRanch.org.
Please remember MacGregor Ranch when doing your year end tax planning. You can call the ranch office at 586-3749 or stop by if you’d like to make a donation in person or buy some of our natural beef.