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Mailing Address:
U of I Moscow
Natural Resources Bldg.
Room 205
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 1135
Moscow, ID 83844-1135
Phone: 208-885-6536  
Fax: 208-885-6564

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Idaho Water Center
Suite 242 
322 E Front St.
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-364-3176

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Research and Restoration

Rinker Rock Creek Ranch is an outstanding backdrop for rangeland research opportunities. Science conducted here can provide important insight into range conservation, potentially help producers improve economic return, enhance wildlife habitat and sustainably meet the needs of a variety of users.

When combined with the surrounding public land, the ranch sits within a watershed that is almost entirely protected from development. As a result, the full function of the water cycle in the Big Wood River watershed is captured and researchers can draw conclusions from a comprehensive scale. Rinker Rock Creek Ranch has limited infrastructure, few roads and the natural habitats are in good condition. Wildlife of interest — including sage-grouse and pygmy rabbits — are present.

Ranch operations around the state can benefit from the science and restoration conducted here. Having both private and public lands to graze on is common in Idaho, so the setting is not far removed from what many ranchers are used to. Livestock research conducted at the Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension and Education Center can be enhanced with comparative research on open range at Rinker Rock Creek Ranch.

Selected research and restoration projects underway at the ranch

Coexisting in Wet Meadows: Livestock Grazing and Sage-grouse Resources

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Grouse and Grazing: Effects of Spring Grazing on Sage-Grouse Populations

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Space Cowboys: Using Satellite Imagery to Inform Grazing Decisions

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Contact Us

Mailing Address:
U of I Moscow
Natural Resources Bldg.
Room 205
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 1135
Moscow, ID 83844-1135
Phone: 208-885-6536  
Fax: 208-885-6564

Physical and Mailing Address: 
U of I Boise
Idaho Water Center
Suite 242 
322 E Front St.
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-364-3176

Directions