Tanner Cattle Co. of Yoder recently won the Lessee of the Year Award from the
Colorado State Land Board.
The agency gives the award annually to a lessee that has “demonstrated superior stewardship practices, worked cooperatively with agency staff and helped generate revenue for the agency’s beneficiaries.”
The Tanner family operates the 48,000-acre Bohart Ranch in El Paso County.
The Colorado State Land Board is a constitutionally created state agency that oversees 3 million acres of land in Colorado to raise money for schools.
The agency generates revenue by issuing surface leases for grazing, dry land crop production and irrigated farming, as well as for recreation. The agency maintains more than 8,000 active leases statewide.
“Our agency raises money for Colorado schoolkids by leasing trust land. So we want to manage Bohart Ranch as an economically sustainable agriculture operation that both produces income for public education and maintains the property’s unique and valuable natural resources. That’s exactly what the Tanners are doing,” Justin Osborne, south central district manager said in a news release.
“Nate Tanner and his family do an outstanding job of matching their grazing strategies to the growth seasons of the variety of cool and warm season grasses, especially because the uniqueness of the soil structure on the property requires keen stewardship for continued ecosystem health,” Osborne added.
State Land Board property is held in eight public land trusts, which benefit public schools and public institutions. Revenue for K-12 public schools is funneled into the state's annual budget for public education and through the Building Excellent Schools Today fund.