Picture from left: Jay Evans, TSCRA Natural Resources Committee chairman, Austin; Bruce and Barbara Berg, Rocosa Ridge Ranch, Meridian; Pete Bonds, TSCRA president, Saginaw; and Richard Thorpe, TSCRA first vice president, Winters. The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) today awarded Rocosa Ridge Ranch the 2013 Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship Award at the 137th Annual Cattle Raisers Convention. The award is the highest stewardship honor from TSCRA and the Texas Section, Society for Range Management (TSSRM).
The Rocosa Ridge Ranch is owned by Bruce Berg from Meridian.
"Bruce is a modern day rancher. His career moved him from Missouri to Texas, and his love for the land and ranching has led him to work to revitalize damaged land," said Pete Bonds, rancher and TSCRA president.
Although Berg works in Dallas, he spends a great deal of time rejuvenating the land on the Rocosa Ridge Ranch.
“He has a proven willingness to learn the lessons of land stewardship and successfully apply those lessons to damaged lands,” said Bonds. “He provides a positive voice for ranching to urban populations who might never hear a good word about beef production and land stewardship.
Berg manages his land to provide quality cattle grazing and habitat for thriving wildlife populations, while continuing to enhance rangeland resources.
“Berg continues to operate Rocosa Ridge as an example of a sustainable working ranch,” said Bonds. “Many urban and rural neighbors and rangeland professionals have benefited from his willingness to share knowledge and resources. We’re proud to have him as a member and congratulate him on his award.”
The TSSRM / TSCRA Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship Award was created to honor ranchers and landowners who are expending remarkable efforts to improve and manage range and pasture lands and the resources, livestock and wildlife the lands support.
The Rocosa Ridge Ranch will now compete for the regional stewardship award sponsored by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), Dow AgriSciences and USDA's NRCS.