Good work Mr. Chilton! Who knows best how to care for the range but families that have cherished it for hundreds of years.
Here, you will learn about the cowboy way of life and how it is being threatened by a group of self-proclaimed environmental activists determined to eliminate cattle grazing. You will learn about how the Chilton Ranch runs cattle on the Montana Allotment and you will learn about a lawsuit where the Chilton family took on a group of these so-called environmentalists and turned the tables on them. You will not find anything for sale on this site, as this site merely seeks to educate the public.
Here, you will learn about the cowboy way of life and how it is being threatened by a group of self-proclaimed environmental activists determined to eliminate cattle grazing.
You will learn about how the Chilton Ranch runs cattle on the Montana Allotment and you will learn about a lawsuit where the Chilton family took on a group of these so-called environmentalists and turned the tables on them.
You will not find anything for sale on this site, as this site merely seeks to educate the public.
Too bad John Edwards can't be sued and bankrupted for all the defamation he did to the ob-gyns who used to be able to practice in his neighborhood.
Way to go Mr. Chilton!
This makes my day!!!!!!!!
It's way past time we sued all the anti american groups into the ground.
What a great story - thanks for posting it.
In 1888, the Chilton family ancestors arrived in Arizona driving several hundred cattle. The first Chilton Ranch was established near the pioneer town of Livingston, along the Salt River, where Roosevelt Lake is now.
Jim Chilton grew up on Arizona farms and ranches. He graduated from Camp Verde High School and went on to earn three degrees in economics and political science. (B.S., M.S., M.A.) from Arizona State University. He met his future wife, Susan Chemnick, when she was elected freshmen class senator and assigned to the Senate Education Committee, which he chaired.
After earnings his degrees at ASU, Jim worked for the Salt River Project as an economic analyst. Thereafter, he joined the staff of Arizona's legendary U.S. Senator, Carl Hayden, before beginning his career in municipal financing. In the meantime, Sue continued her education at ASU and earned her Arizona teaching credential as well as a Masters in Spanish Language and Literature.
Jim, a rancher by heritage, became a full partner in the Chilton family ranching business in 1979 when he, his dad, and Ken, Sr., bought the Diamond Bell Ranch, west of Tucson. Ken had sold the 7 + A Upper Eagle Creek Ranch, located in the area where their Cosper ancestors had been pioneer ranchers in the late 1800's. (Brother Tom joind the ranch in 1979.) In 1987, Jim and Sue purchased a ranch and home just south of Arivaca. They purchased the neighboring Flying X ranch in 1991 to expand the production capability of the family enterprise.
The Chiltons have been Cooperators with the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) since 1980. Upon buying their Arivaca ranches, that include two allotments on the Coronado National Forest, the Chiltons implemented a grazing management program providing for rotation of cattle to ensure re-growth and an increase in desired native perennial grasses. They greatly expanded their resource data collection, starting in 1996, by undertaking a detailed riparian survey. In 1998, they invited Professor Jerry Holechek, of NMSU, and Dr. Dee Galt to do monitoring, utilization and production studies on-site.
The Chiltons did extensive photo monitoring and information collection on native plants and wildlife on their ranch. All of this data became very relevant in their battle to renew their grazing permits against the determined, repeated assaults of anti-ranching activists.
One of Jim's allotments, the "Montana", became the object of intensive attacks and the focal point of the (court case) he recently won against the Center for Biological Diversity. A Tucson jury found the Center guilty of malicious, knowing misrepresentations concerning the conditions on the well-managed allotment. The jury also found that the Center for Biological Diversity unlawfully interfered with the Chilton family's ranching business.
Sue was named by Governor Jane Hull to serve a 5-year term on the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. She spent five years working to improve relations between the Game and Fish Department and rural residents who provide wildlife habitat.
Jim was named Rancher of the Year in 2003 by the Arizona Cattle Growers' Association. (In 2005, he received the "True Grit" award from the Arizona Cattle Growers' and the "Individual of the Year" award from the Arizona/New Mexico Coalition of Counties. He currently serves as one of Arizona's delegates to the National Public Lands Council that advises Congress on ranching issues.
Jim and Sue raised two sons, James K. Chilton, III and Thomas Carl Chilton. Tom married Jennifer Carnes, whom he met while they were both attending the University of Arizona. They have two children, Ben and Mykenna.
Ken, III is Executive Vice-President of Chilton and Associates, a municipal financial services company, with offices in Arivaca and Los Angeles. Ken is CEO of Chilton Lending Company and its subsidiaries.
Earth to Suckling: The law against defamation. You took pictures of isolated damage -- which your membership apparently helped cause and claimed it was the result of Mr. Chilton's cattle.
By the way, doesn't suckling generally describe a young pig? Or am I reading too much into this guy's name?
Mr. Suckling ... says payment of the award could financially devastate the group.
One can only hope Suckling is right, that the award for their reckless actions will bankrupt his center which appears to be for the defamation of ranchers.
Excellent news. Hope there are more victories against the Watermelons Jihad in the future.
I became very familiar with the Center while working for 10 years as a reporter for newspapers in the Southwest. Good outcome on the rancher's suit, but it barely scratches the surface of the problem. The Center usually uses the ESA in filing their suits. ESA needs serious reform
Slowly but surely, we have pockets of common sense rising up and whacking the Anti American Watermelons across our nation.