Welcome to the Ruby Habitat Foundation’s home page. We are a non-profit, working ranch in Southwest Montana dedicated to fulfilling the vision of our founders, Craig and Martha Woodson:
“Landowners and resource managers are inherently bound to a high level of resource accountability. We are bound by law to protect the environment and prevent resource degradation, but we have a higher obligation to be good stewards of our natural resources, sharing them today and preserving them for future generations. The decisions we make and the actions we take affect our own environment as well as that of the wildlife, our neighbors and future generations.” (Craig Woodson, founder RHF)
Our mission encourages balance between agriculture and wildlife, and we allow managed access to the ranch for a wide range of activities, from flyfishing to birdwatching (we have identified 129 species on the ranch so far!! Here’s a link to the complete list). Our educational outreach programs include field trips with local school kids (from Kindergarten through College), to Wildlife Speakers and other programs.
2020 was a convulsive year across the nation, and while things were not exactly normal here at Woodson Ranch where we experienced our first “closure” in April when the governor of Montana imposed a stay-at-home order, we actually fared pretty well. We welcomed over 1000 people to the ranch for fishing, hiking, hunting and birding, and contributed to various local ecological efforts including the testing of 75 whitetail deer for Chronic Wasting Disease. We also began the restoration of Clear Creek, the culmination of a multi-year effort to improve that system’s functionality as a fishery and river. Change can be challenging, as we have all experienced in 2020, but it can also bring positive change, and we feel that our efforts this year continue to demonstrate that resilience and success.
Recognizing that open space and wild spaces are finite, we stand for them and encourage you to get in touch with us to find out how we can help. Whether you visit virtually, or stay in our luxurious Hill House lodging, we are sure Woodson Ranch will provide you with a memorable experience!