Duane Coombs

Duane Coombs, Outcome-Based Grazing Program Coordinator


Coombs brings 30 years of experience ranching on public lands to the role of the Outcome-Based Grazing Program Coordinator. Coombs led the team at Smith Creek Ranch when they were awarded the 2010 BLM Rangeland Stewardship Award and the Region VI Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and USFWS in 2016. Coombs sees the principals and practices used at Smith Creek Ranch as an important foundation to the transfer of conservation at a larger scale through the OBGA pilot program. Throughout the next three years, Coombs will visit each of the pilot ranches annually. He is helping facilitate the sharing of information and building a network among these ranches to share lessons learned and best practices.

This opportunity fits in to the BLM-IWJV Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands effort’s broader mission and purpose by recognizing and addressing the complexities of landscape management in the mixed estate found in the Intermountain West.  By proactively addressing whole ranch operations the BLM-IWJV partnership ensures sustainable rural communities and ecologically vibrant landscapes are achieved through a conservation-centric model.