Linda Poole

Regenerative Grazing Specialist
Southwest Regional Office

Topic Areas: Livestock, Soil Health

Specific Areas of Expertise: Grazing, rangeland management and monitoring, genetic selection and husbandry of livestock (sheep, cattle, horses, livestock guardian dogs), biodiversity, process-based restoration; conflict resolution and consensus building

Linda joined NCAT in March 2021 as an ag specialist focused on regenerative grazing practices. Childhood adventures on her family’s ranch in eastern Washington led to a deep love of working wildlands where people nurture nature to sustainably produce wholesome food, clean water, haven for animals both wild and domestic, and abiding beauty. Linda has a Master of Science in wildlife ecology from Oregon State University. She’s spent over 30 years managing large working ranches to enhance biodiversity and rural resilience. Linda raises crossbred fine wool sheep, using them to restore vitality to a 320 acre prairie homestead in northcentral Montana. Her passion is advancing context-appropriate strategies to produce healthy food, fiber and families, using minimal outside inputs, holistic principles and the power of diverse collaborations.

Education:
MS in Wildlife Ecology from Oregon State University, BS in Environmental Science from the Evergreen State College in Washington.

Previous Experience:
Glaciated Plains Program Manager and Matador Ranch Manager, The Nature Conservancy in Montana; Sycan Marsh Preserve Manager and Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy in Oregon. 1991 – 2007. I was the first fulltime manager for the 30,000 acre Sycan Marsh Preserve in Oregon and later for the 60,000 acre Matador Ranch in Montana. I managed all agricultural, environmental, financial and societal aspects of these properties with the primary goal of using well-managed cattle grazing to improve wildlife habitat, biodiversity and ecosystem function while also promoting livestock performance.

For 40+ years I’ve raised horses, cattle, sheep, chickens, livestock guardian dogs, fruits, vegetables and/or hay, always with an eye to using regenerative practices that promote environmental, economic and social vitality for my landscape and community. I served as a consultant monitoring range health, assessing wildlife populations, tracking livestock performance and facilitating conservation collaborations. Currently I am learning about and incorporating more aspects of permaculture, xeriscaping and wildcrafting (for food, medicinals and dye sources) in my home ag operation.

Featured Publications and Presentations:
Linda Poole Explains There’s No Cookbook for Regenerative Grazing but Networks are a Key Ingredient [Podcast]

 

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