Springs Ranch is 1,600 acres of Aspen groves, natural springs and upland areas on the Warner Mountains, irrigated meadows that reach the Upper Alkali Lake in Surprise Valley and dryland pastures. It sits on the western edge of the Great Basin. The morning ranch house kitchen window view displays the sunrise over the lake and the Hays Canyon Range in Nevada. No houses, buildings or other signs of humans disturb the view.
The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management is based on the Springs Ranch. Several trainings and workshops are hosted at Springs Ranch as well as the ranch work study program. Here is a map to the ranch.
The Springs Ranch is located on the Northern Lahontan Watershed and is owned by Steve and Pati Smith, and operated by three generations of the Smith Family. Its ecological diversity makes it an ideal location for demonstrating the application of holistic management to each of these land types in our region. The ranch is currently managed for beef cattle and is also considered home to herds of elk, deer and other wildlife. Typical grasses include: greener intermediate wheat grass, Grazer alfalfa, Siberian crested wheat, Meadow brome, Alsac clover, birdsfoot treefoil, harding grass, bitter brush, Great Basin wild rye and cheat grass.