Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Laura C. Nelson
Ranchers Stewardship Alliance 

Building a herd and hope

Beginning rancher revitalizes retired CRP to grow her herd and wildlife habitat

 

November 11, 2020

Phillips County's Heather Martin.

The old homestead still stands sentinel on the hill.

Weathered, worn and abandoned long ago, Heather Martin has often looked at the relic and wondered just how the brother-sister duo who claimed this parcel more than a century ago thought they could make a living off such a small sliver of sandy soil.

"There's no well, no running water, and when this reservoir dries up, there's nothing," the Phillips County rancher says, nodding to the still pool nestled in the natural basin. "Maybe they got more rain back then, maybe it held more snow – I just don't know. It had to have been a tough livi...



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