Stewardship is defined as “the job of supervising or taking care of something” and here at Padlock Ranch we take that part of our job very seriously. The Scott family still has a very special connection to the ranch, which is just one of the reasons that preserving the land and heritage of the ranch is so important to us. We are a living testament that conservation and profitable ranching go hand in hand!

As such, we are very focused on Natural Resource Management. The ranch’s location provides a mixture of habitat types supporting a great diversity of plant and animal species. Wildlife management, beyond good grazing management, requires protection of riparian areas and other critical or special habitats. Protection of riparian areas produces sound stream banks and overhanging vegetation that protect water quality. At the Padlock, our goal is to meet or improve upon best management practices when it comes to our natural resources.

We implement rotational grazing on the ranch to allow plants to have periods of rest during the growing season. This allows the roots of these plants to grow deep and store nutrients. This also improves the soils by having effective nutrient cycling and water infiltration. We are passionate about good grazing at Padlock. If we take care of the land, the land will take care of us!