Broughton Land Company began as a family farm before the 1900’s. It is now owned by 36 third and fourth generation Broughtons in a general partnership formed in the mid-1970’s. BLC plants 13,000 acres in wheat, barley, and pulses (dry peas, lentils, and garbanzo beans) each year. They run 700 head of cattle on 15,000 acres of range land and grow their own hay They have 5,000 acres of timberland on the Robinson Fork of the Touchet River, which they summer graze. Their selective methods of timber harvest thins the forest for fire danger and overpopulation, which also promotes good growth.
The Tucannon River also flows through their property; land adjacent to both rivers is enrolled in the CREP program for riparian growth and protection. BLC recently received the Natural Resource Award from the Columbia Conservation District for their stream enhancement work.
The three hour tour will start at the Tucannon River to observe their riparian conservation work. Then we will travel back to Dayton to their farm shop to see equipment, and then visit a field to hear Dan McKinley, BLC General Manager, talk about crop rotations, inputs, direct seeding, etc. The last stop will be to visit their wind turbines on the farm.
For more information about this event, please contact Lauren Platman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-525-3136.
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This event is made possible by the generous support of the Broughton Land Company.
Suitability: Open to ages 10+.
Difficulty: Involves short walks and standing for long periods of time.
Things to Bring: Sturdy walking shoes, suitable hiking attire, rain jacket, hat with a brim, sunglasses and sunscreen, refillable water bottle, camera, journal, and sense of adventure.