ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Helping maintain and preserve rangelands and inform the ranchers and professionals who manage them, Tip Hudson, associate professor of rangeland and livestock management for Washington State University and director of Kittitas County Extension, recently launched a new podcast called “Art of Range.”
Seeking to provide education through conversation with national experts on managing and conserving rangelands — the grasslands, forest lands and prairies that support grazing — Hudson began the podcast last fall, posting new episodes every two weeks.
“Healthy land, healthy animals and healthy communities are inextricably linked,” Hudson said. “My goal with this podcast is to help people produce food and fiber on naturally-occurring plant communities in ways that promote sound ecology and economy.”
Interviewing experts such as Ken Tate, Endowed Rangeland Watershed Science Specialist at the University of California-Davis; Fred Provenza, animal behaviorist researcher emeritus at Utah State University; Karen Launchbaugh, Director of the University of Idaho Rangeland Center; and Jack Southworth, award-winning rancher in eastern Oregon, Hudson explores the interplay of animals and the environment, invasive grass management, ranch resiliency, grazing philosophies and challenges to public lands grazing.
“Range management is both art and science,” Hudson said. “Sustainable, rangeland-based ranching is important to society as one of our only methods of food and fiber production that relies on native or naturalized ecosystems with minimal costs from petroleum-based fuels and products.”
Hudson’s podcast is produced by Washington State University Extension in cooperation with the Society for Range Management. He has lived in Ellensburg since leaving the University of Idaho in 2001.
The Art of Range podcast is available through iTunes and Stitcher. More information is available at the Art of Range website, https://artofrange.com/.