Kane Ranch Program Manager, Grand Canyon Trust
Kane Ranch, Arizona
Matt Williamson, partly from Louisiana, partly from a host of Northern states, now resides in Phoenix, Arizona. With a background in forestry, he now works for the Grand Canyon Trust as the Program Manager on the Kane and Two Mile ranches. The 850,000 acres of grazing allotments and 1,000 acres of private land share an 110 mile boundary with the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Matt works at the intersection of science, policy, conservation, and economic reality, attempting to learn how to best manage land in a place where cattle grazing is an undeniable reality. Part of his job is leading volunteer projects; he lead us in replanting the land surrounding the ranch with native plants from seeds we helped collect. Other times, he’s out chasing the Grand Canyon Trust’s 600 cows around 850,000 acres. The herd is kept small as an attempt to reduce grazing impacts while simultaneously asking questions and testing new management practices. Some of these questions, Matt qualifies, may take over a century to answer in this slow-recovering arid climate.
By Molly Simonson